The Daily Telegraph

Key role King’s first engagement is ancient ritual


The King’s first engagement in Edinburgh today will be the Ceremony of the Keys, weeks after Queen Elizabeth II took part in the ritual during her final visit to the city.

The tradition, which takes place every time the monarch officially arrives in the Scottish capital, sees the head of state offered the keys to Edinburgh and welcomed to “your ancient and hereditary kingdom of Scotland” by the Lord Provost.

Custom dictates that the keys are then handed back to the Lord Provost, with the monarch declaring there can be no-one better to keep them safe.

The late Queen was pictured smiling during the ritual at Holyrood Palace, the official Royal residence, on June 27. Her coffin was brought to the Palace from Balmoral yesterday.

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