Prince Charles ‘would need TWO coronations’ if Sturgeon’s independence bid succeeds

Prince Charles ‘would need TWO coronations’ if Sturgeon’s independence bid succeeds

Last week, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she wants independence “as soon as possible” but noted that her focus right now is on tackling the coronavirus crisis. At her daily media briefing, the First Minister said she looked forward to “normality” when the country can start discussing constitutional debate again. It comes as expert reports warned Scotland’s economy might not recover until 2023.

Asked if Scotland will be independent by then, Ms Sturgeon said: “Everyone knows my view on independence. I want Scotland to be an independent country, I think that brings lots of benefits.

“But that’s not my focus right now. My focus is tackling coronavirus, making sure we are tackling the health implications of the virus by suppressing it and stopping it running out of control again, and doing everything we can to support the economy.”

As uncertainty over the Union continues, unearthed reports shed light on the constitutional implications of Scottish independence.

According to a 2013 report by The Telegraph, Prince Charles and his successors to the throne will need two coronations if Ms Sturgeon succeeds in her bid.

The report cited a Church of Scotland document, published before the first referendum, which claimed that in case of independence, a separate ceremony would be required north of the border to symbolise the monarch’s role as Queen or King of Scots.

The last monarch to be crowned in Scotland was Charles II in 1651 at Scone Palace, Perthshire.

Under the Church of Scotland’s plan, the ceremony would then be revived for Prince Charles, who is known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland.

Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond had promised that the monarch would have remained head of state in an independent Scotland despite the opposition of many of his SNP backbenchers and other pro-separation parties.

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Any ceremony would reportedly feature the Stone of Scone, also known as the Stone of Destiny, a large block of red sandstone used for centuries in the coronation of Scottish monarchs.

It was last used in 1953 for the Queen’s coronation.

Edward I took it to England in 1296 but it was returned to Scotland in 1996 and is housed at Edinburgh Castle, alongside the Honours of Scotland, Scotland’s “crown jewels”.

If a single common coronation was to remain, the report argued the current arrangements would need to be revised and reformed to reflect the changed constitutional settlement.

Published at Fri, 12 Jun 2020 14:32:00 +0000