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Duke of Rothesay Attends Kirking Parliament

His Royal Highness, Prince Charles attended the Kirking of the Parliament at St Giles’ Cathedral session at Holyrood on Wednesday. The Duke of Rothesay joined newly elected MSPs at a special service.

The Reverend Calum Macleod led the service which was attended by Diplomats and church leaders at St Giles’ Catheral in Edinburgh. The event featured a sermon led by Right Reverend Dr Angus Morrison Moderator of The General Assembly of The Church of Scotland.

Prince Charles met Holyroods party leaders after the service.

Guests were entertained and welcomed by music from a quartet of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland while musicians from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland performed during the service.

Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick said  It would be a modern service including representatives of many faiths.

She said: “It is an honour to take part in a tradition as historic as the Kirking of the Scottish parliament, a ceremony which was resumed when parliament reconvened in 199. It will be my pleasure to welcome His Royal Highness the Duke of Rothesay.”

The HSS Chief Executive Officer Gordon Macrae said: “As Scottish society changes it is only fair and proper that representatives from the large group in society that seek to lead ethical and fulfilling lives without religion are included in the country’s important ceremonies.”

The Human Society Scotland CEO briefly said he was delighted that there would be representation for non-religious people at the service for the first time.

The new session of the Scottish parliament will formally begin today 12 May 2016.

MSPs will be sworn in by Ms Warwick in the Holyrood chamber.

An election will be held to choose a new presiding officer, with the formation of a government and the election of  a first minister the following week.

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