King Charles may have to 'cut short' Scotland trip due to general election

King Charles may have to 'cut short' Scotland trip due to general election
Gabrielle Wilde

By Gabrielle Wilde

Published: 22/05/2024

- 20:14

Rishi Sunak met with the King earlier today to request a July 4 election

The King "faces a problem" with his diary after Rishi Sunak called for a general election earlier today, claims GB News royal reporter Cameron Walker.

The Prime Minister made a statement today outside 10 Downing Street, where he said: "Earlier today I spoke with His Majesty the King to request the dissolution of Parliament.

“The King has granted this request and we will have a general election on July 4."

However, this could cause some problems for the monarch as he is scheduled to be in Edinburgh during the election period. Speaking on GB News Walker said: "The King has had an incredibly busy diary today, but he's had to find time in his diary to carry out one of his most important constitutional duties.

"He spoke to the Prime Minister, as the Prime Minister confirmed in Downing Street earlier today, and he asked his permission to hold a general election and dissolve parliament.

"The King has granted that permission and every seat in the House of Commons is now vacant. Any bill that the King has not already given royal assent to will not become law in this parliamentary session."

He added: "That is an issue for the King, potentially, because the July 4 falls within Holyrood Week or in other words, Royal Week.

"This is where the King is in Scotland, taking part in the traditional week of royal engagements there. On the July 2, he is due to hold a garden party at the Palace of Holyrood in Edinburgh.

"So in theory this does mean that the King is going to have to cut short his week in Edinburgh to potentially come back down to London, ready for the day after the general election on July 5 to appoint the Prime Minister."


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