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Prince & Princess of Wales

The Duke of Rothesay joins King Charles in Edinburgh

Prince William has joined his father in Edinburgh for the second half of Holyrood Week. 

Prince William is known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland and spent Wednesday in Edinburgh. It was a notable day for the family as a whole, as The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were welcomed into the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle.

The four senior royals shared a photograph together on social media where they proudly wore the traditional white plumed hat, green velvet robes, and insignia of the Order of the Thistle. They also attended the Order of the Thistle’s Service together at St. Giles’ Cathedral at the heart of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. 

The Duke of Rothesay was made an Extra Knight of the Order of the Thistle in 2012 (when he was using the Scottish title given to him at the time of his marriage, Earl of Strathearn). Prince William, Prince Edward, Princess Anne, and Queen Camilla are the only members of the Royal Family who are currently members of the highest chivalric order in Scotland. 

The Monarch traditionally spends one week in July each year in Scotland for Holyrood Week, a week where they celebrate Scottish community and culture. Typically the Royal Family is there for five to seven days, but the 2024 visit had to be shortened to two days to accommodate the general election on 4 July. 

Following the vote, King Charles will be at Buckingham Palace to receive the leader of the largest grouping in the Commons and to ask them to form a government.

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