Prince William arrives in Scotland to support Queen Camilla and Prince Edward at special ceremony

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Prince William has arrived in Edinburgh to attend a special service

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Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin


Published: 03/07/2024

- 11:18

The Prince of Wales is attending the service at St Giles' Cathedral

Prince William has arrived in Scotland to support Queen Camilla and Prince Edward at a special ceremony.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are becoming members of the Order of the Thistle at a service celebrating Scotland’s greatest order of chivalry.


Camilla, 76, and Edward, 60, were appointed Royal Knights of the Order by the King and in a private ceremony, also attended by Prince William.

Today, the duo are being formally installed at a service in St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh.

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Prince William has arrived in Edinburgh to attend a special service

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Prince William arrived without his wife, Princess Kate, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy and has temporarily stepped back from public duties.

King Charles, 75, is the sovereign of the Order of the Thistle, and appointments are his personal gift made independently of Downing Street.

The Queen is patron of Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres, founded in Edinburgh in 1996 and now with centres across Scotland, England and Wales.

She is also patron or president of a number of charities based in Scotland, including Crathie Opportunity Holidays, Scotland’s Gardens Scheme and Horseback UK.

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Queen Camilla is being made a member of the Order of the Thistle

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Camilla additionally is an honorary member of the local Ballater Women’s Institute and the Upper Deeside Art Society.

Meanwhile, Prince Edward holds several patronages of Scottish charitable organisations including the Edinburgh International Festival.

Other people being appointed to the order are forensic anthropologist Baroness Sue Black, lawyer Baroness Helena Kennedy and Scotland’s first black professor Sir Geoff Palmer.

During the day, King Charles and Queen Camilla will attend an event marking the start of celebrations commemorating the 900th anniversary of the Edinburgh Castle.

King Charles and Queen Camilla

King Charles and Queen Camilla are in Scotland for Holyrood Week

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Prince William

Prince William arrived at the service without Princess Kate

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The best of the city will be on display with performances from Dance Base and Scotland’s National Centre for Dance.

Author Sir Alexander McCall Smith is set to perform a short poem for Their Majesties.

In addition, the King and Queen will speak to local Edinburgh organisations at various displays, showcasing innovation, food, design, and charity.

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