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The Royal Regiment of Scotland welcomes King Charles to Edinburgh for Royal Week

The Royal Regiment of Scotland welcomes King Charles to Edinburgh for Royal Week

The Royal Regiment of Scotland welcomed the King to Edinburgh for the traditional Ceremony of the Keys.

The event marks the start of Royal Week in Scotland – where Charles will carry out a series of engagements.

The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and the 2nd Scots Bagpipes and Drums played in the grounds of the Palace of Holyroodhouse while soldiers from the Balaklava Company formed a Guard of Honour.

The Ceremony of the Keys is the first engagement of Royal Week in Scotland.

As is tradition, King Charles received the keys to the city from Lord Provost Robert Aldridge, and the monarch returned them to the Lord Provost for safekeeping.

Mr Aldridge told the King, after arriving by helicopter with the Queen: “We, the Lord Provost and members of the City of Edinburgh Council, welcome Your Majesty to the capital of your ancient and hereditary kingdom of Scotland and offer for your gracious acceptance the keys of Your Majesty’s good City of Edinburgh.”

Charles gave the traditional reply: “I return these keys perfectly convinced that they cannot be placed in better hands than those of the Lord Provost and councillors of my good city of Edinburgh.”

The king then inspected the honor guard.

Troops of the Balaklava Company in full ceremonial dress lined up in two rows facing the palace, flanked by the regimental band, bagpipes and drums.

Also aligned was the Royal Company of Archers, which serves as the sovereign’s ceremonial bodyguard in Scotland — a role first created in 1822 for King George VI.

This year’s Royal Week, also known as Holyrood Week, is shorter than in previous years because the general election has caused the royal family to postpone any engagements “that might divert attention or distract from the election campaign”.