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United, The Royal Family Celebrates The Order Of The Thistle And Edinburgh’s 900 Years

The British royal family at the Trooping the Colour 2023

King Charles, Queen Camilla, and Prince William were at St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh this week to attend the biennial Order of the Thistle ceremony. Created in 1687 by King James, this order of chivalry is the second most prestigious in the United Kingdom.

During this event, King Charles III invested new members, including Queen Camilla and Edward, Duke of Edinburgh. Prince William, already a member since 2012, was also present. Princess Anne, recovering, unfortunately could not attend the ceremony.

Among the new members are Dame Sue Black, anthropologist, Baroness Helena Kennedy, lawyer, and Sir Geoff Palmer, emeritus professor at the University of Edinburgh.

This ceremony marks the first public appearance of the royal family since the Trooping the Colour parade in June, celebrating King Charles III‘s birthday.

The king and queen also celebrated the 900th anniversary of the city of Edinburgh, first mentioned in 1124. On July 3rd, the royal couple participated in a series of events, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle.

The visit is part of Scottish Week, an annual tradition where the British sovereign focuses on Scottish affairs. Due to the snap general elections, the king had to condense his engagements into just two days.