Dunfermline’s new metropolis standing ‘gladdens coronary heart’ of King Charles III



he new King has provided his “warmest congratulations” to Scotland’s latest metropolis as he stated conferring the honour on Dunfermline in Fife would “gladden my expensive mom’s coronary heart”.

King Charles III spoke as he formally conferred metropolis standing on the previous city which was one among eight communities awarded the honour as a part of the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The ceremony was the primary undertaken by the King and Queen Consort after the official interval of royal mourning for the Queen ended.

In a ceremony at Dunfermline Metropolis Chambers Charles stated he had been “delighted” when the announcement of metropolis standing was made in Might.

He spoke of his mom’s “deep love for Scotland”, describing it as “one of many foundations of her life”.

The King highlighted the brand new metropolis’s “immense significance” in Scottish historical past because the birthplace of entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

Dunfermline can also be the “burial place of kings and queens”, he famous, with Robert the Bruce, who led Scotland in a conflict in opposition to England within the 1300s, buried within the abbey there.

The brand new King additionally spoke of the neighborhood, including: “It’s my hope that each one those that reside in, or who hail from, this very particular place will really feel an actual sense of delight at this newest chapter in our wealthy historical past, and that this new distinction is not going to merely burnish the legacy of the previous however may also brighten the prospect of our future.

“That might, I do know, gladden my expensive mom’s coronary heart, because it definitely gladdens mine.”

A whole lot of locals turned out to greet the royal couple, with Charles telling them: “As you have a good time your well-deserved standing as Scotland’s new metropolis, I can solely provide my warmest congratulations, and my heartfelt needs for the years to come back.”

Earlier than the ceremony, the King and Queen Consort had been greeted by a celebration together with Fife provost Jim Leishman, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Secretary Alister Jack.

The provost spoke shortly earlier than the King on the metropolis chambers.

Mr Leishman, who’s well-known within the city from his time as supervisor of Dunfermline Athletic, stated: “Dunfermline has a particular place in my coronary heart and because the provost of the Kingdom of Fife I couldn’t be prouder to obtain this honour.

“To have it introduced by His Majesty King Charles, so early in his reign, is certainly a privilege.”

Throughout her speech, Ms Sturgeon stated she had household in Dunfermline, together with her nephew who’s a passionate supporter of its soccer staff.

She stated: “There’s little question that the conferring of metropolis standing is a major second for Dunfermline. However at this time is particular for one more motive.

“Your Majesties, we’re deeply honoured to welcome you right here in your first official joint go to to Scotland.

“It’ll be sure that an historical capital of Scotland, lengthy considered a metropolis by those that reside right here, can now formally take pleasure in that standing.”

In his speech, Mr Jack stated famous Dunfermline’s historic hyperlinks with Scottish royalty.

He stated: “Dunfermline’s wealthy historical past is honoured right here at this time, however as essential as the realm’s wealthy historical past is, the award displays the sturdy native identification and vibrant neighborhood of at this time’s Dunfermline.”

Invoice Henderson, 71, who was was among the many crowds who waited to greet the King and Queen Consort, stated locals had been excited the city was changing into a metropolis.

He stated: “It’s a historic occasion.

“I used to be born simply earlier than the Queen got here to the throne, so she’s been my monarch my complete life. It’s simply thrilling.

“And particularly a King Charles coming again to Dunfermline when King Charles I used to be born right here, nevertheless way back that was.”

Trainer Carol Williams, 52, stated: “It’s such an honour for Dunfermline to be his first go to as the brand new King.”

After the ceremony on the metropolis chambers Charles and Camilla visited Dunfermline Abbey, the place they noticed the resting place of Robert the Bruce.

Catherine Gellan-Adams, 91, stated she was “thrilled to bits” that Dunfermline was a metropolis, and met the King as he was leaving the abbey.

She stated: “It deserves it.”

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