“May Goddess Sri Lakshmi and God Sri Venkateswara bless Your Majesties and the royal family with purity and unity of thoughts, words and deeds to serve and uplift the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth,” said Dr Srihari Vallabhajousula, Honorary Priest of the Hindu Temple of Scotland in Glasgow, in a reading during the National Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.
The Scottish celebration of King Charles III’s Coronation this week resonated with the multi-faith elements, akin to those witnessed at Westminster Abbey in London on May 6. The Christian ceremony was joined by a Hindu priest, a Muslim Imam, a Jewish Rabbi and a Buddhist monk for the segment entitled: Blessings and greetings from representatives of faith and belief communities.
Scotland's British Muslim First Minister Humza Yousaf gave a biblical reading from the 'Old Testament' during the service.
The Prince and Princess of Wales, known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, were among those present at the ceremony in Edinburgh.
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The festivities in the Scottish capital included a People's Procession, a Royal Procession, a 21-gun salute, and a flypast by the Red Arrows. Several royal fans had lined the famous Royal Mile in Edinburgh city centre for the royal occasion, which also attracted some anti-monarchy protesters.
During the traditional ceremony, the ancient sceptre and crown from the Honours of Scotland were presented to the King, along with the Elizabeth Sword. The service featured centuries-old aspects of Scottish royal tradition along with new additions such as pieces of music written specially for the occasion, a psalm sung in Gaelic and the use of passages from the New Testament in Scots.
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Each year, the British monarch traditionally spends a week based at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, known as Holyrood Week or Royal Week in Scotland.