Charles coronation – Scots turn out to watch historic moment King is crowned at events across country | The Sun

Scots across the UK have paid their respects to King Charles as he was crowned at a historic coronation ceremony.

Events were held in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeenshire.

The monarch made the solemn oath to pledge his life to his country alongside Queen Camilla.

He wore a crimson Robe of State made for his grandfather George VI’s coronation in 1937.

At Edinburgh Castle, a 21-round royal salute was fired one minute after midday, as the King was crowned.

Members of 105 Regiment Royal Artillery fired the salute, with members of the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland taking up position as castle guard musicians from Reserve Bands of The Royal Regiment of Scotland and adult instructors of the Army Cadet Force performed.

They played God Save The King after the gun salute was finished.

Elaine Thomas, 40, from Winchburgh, West Lothian, attended the screening at Princes Street Gardens with her family.

The pharmacist was joined by son Harris, one, daughter Amber, three, husband Gavin 37, grannies and aunties.

She said: "For us it's a historic moment and a nice get-together as a family. We're having picnic and just enjoying a great day.

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"It's mostly for my children. I hope they sit still, soak up the atmosphere.

"I hope my daughter will one day be able to look back and remember the King's coronation.

"It was pretty quiet at the beginning but it picked up. The sun is trying to get out."

Meanwhile in the central belt around 200 people packed into Glasgow Cathedral.

They followed the proceedings on eight screens spaced out along the aisle of the grand kirk.

Some Scots even made the long journey to London to mark the occasion.

Lifelong royalist Alan Carruthers was one of them, rushing to book his flights as soon as the coronation dates were announced.

The coach company owner, 46, donned a patriotic Union Flag and Rangers jumper as he made history with his wife Julie, 46, and son Euan, 11.

The Royal fanatics were desperate to bag a front row seat at The Hyde Park celebration.

And soaked up the electric atmosphere after jumping on a flight down to the capital from Glasgow.

Alan told The Scottish Sun: “As soon as the date was announced, I rushed online to get my flights booked.

“I’ve made the journey down here for the coronation. I’m a massive royal fan.

“It would be amazing if I caught a glimpse of the King today – I’ve been a fan of the Royals all my life.”

“I’m so proud of the royals – just everything about them.

“They’re upstanding people, they really are. They do a lot for this country.”

The Glasgow monarchist added: “The atmosphere has been amazing. The highlight for me has been the amount of people who have made the journey down here to experience this special day.

“It’s incredible, absolutely incredible."

And the Scots family are determined to make a weekend of it, with plans to soak up all that London has to offer.

He said: “We’ve got a few things booked for the next few days, we’ll see what happens.

"We quite fancy doing a bit of sightseeing and doing the London Eye."

But other Scots were less enthusiastic about the historic event.

Jason Craig, from Drumchapel, Glasgow stays in London and blasted the pageantry of today's coronation – branding it an “absolute farce”.

The chef, 33, moved to capital seven months ago. after struggling to find hospitality work in Scotland.

The anti-monarchist braved the rainfall to join a raft of lively revellers who flocked to Hyde Park to celebrate the historic event.

He said: “I think this coronation is an absolute farce.

“£250m getting spent on this p**h.

“I’m from Scotland, what about people from Scotland having to use food banks?

“We’re trying to get independence, we’re trying to break away from England but they’re spending all this money on having a party and you’re getting locked in a park to watch it."

When quizzed on his motivation for attending the celebrations, he answered: “Absolute stupidness is what it is.”

He added: “The should be concentrating on the bigger issues, such as the cost of living, soaring rent and the price of food shopping.

“There’s Scottish people, English people, Welsh people and Irish people who are totally forgotten about, yet they can spend money on this.

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