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Protests Erupt as King Charles Attends Scottish Ceremony

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Tensions flared as anti-monarchy demonstrators targeted King Charles during his visit to Scotland, while Queen Camilla and Prince Edward received a prestigious honor. The protests, organized by the Republic group, took place on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh during Holyrood Week, a celebration of Scottish culture and community achievements.

The demonstrators chanted “Not my King!” and displayed signs bearing the same slogan as the Order of the Thistle ceremony unfolded at St Giles’ Cathedral. Meanwhile, in a private ceremony, Camilla and Edward were appointed to the Order, the highest order of chivalry in Scotland, recognizing individuals who have made significant contributions to Scottish life. Notably, King Charles, who holds the authority to independently appoint members to the Order, was also in attendance.

The attendance of Prince William, who is already a member of the Order, and the absence of Princess Kate, who is currently recovering from cancer treatment, were also notable at the event. Despite the opposition from the Republic group, King Charles was welcomed by many members of the public outside the cathedral, with some displaying Union flags in support of the monarchy.

Following the ceremony, Camilla and Edward were additionally appointed as Royal Knights of the Order. The royal family’s visit to Edinburgh forms part of the annual Holyrood Week celebrations, which have been shortened this year due to the General Election, concluding on July 3rd.

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