Nicola Sturgeon received a mixed reception as she arrived for a historic town-making ceremony in Dunfermline today.
The First Minister of Scotland was loudly booed by some of the crowd – and cheered on by others – as she smiled and waved to her Scottish colleagues outside Dunfermline City Chambers this morning.
Crowds had gathered outside the historic building to catch a glimpse of King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla – who are also attending the event.
Dunfermline, which sits just across the Forth Firth from Scotland’s capital Edinburgh, was granted city status earlier this year as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
But the monarch died last month, aged 96, before the ceremony officially marking the honor could take place.
Today Charles, who ascended the throne last month following the death of his mother, will be among those present at the ceremony.
Nicola Sturgeon received an icy welcome today as she arrived before King Charles for a historic town-building ceremony in Dunfermline. Pictured: Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon is greeted by Lord Provost of Dunfermline Jim Leishman as she arrives at the City Chambers in Dunfermline, Fife
King Charles III greets members of the public as he arrives for an official council meeting at the City Chambers in Dunfermline, Fife, to formally mark the conferment of city status on the ancient town, ahead of a visit to the Dunfermline Abbey to mark its 950th anniversary
The First Minister of Scotland was loudly booed and jeered at by part of the crowd as she smiled and waved at her Scottish colleagues outside Dunfermline City Chambers this morning. Pictured: A screenshot from a video posted by ITV’s Chris Ship
Prior to the ceremony, First Minister Sturgeon arrived at Dunfermline City Chambers, where she was greeted by Lord Provost of Dunfermline Jim Leishman.
But as she turned to wave to the predominantly royalist crowds, the leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) received a mixed reception. Among a handful of cheers and applause were loud boos and whistles.
The moment was filmed by ITV Royal Editor Chris Ship.
Posting the video on Twitter, he wrote: ‘If you needed a reminder of the Scottish political decision, Nicola Sturgeon was mostly booed (plus some cheering) by the crowds awaiting the arrival of King Charles and Camilla .
“It’s a crowd waiting for a monarch to show up but took me by surprise…”.
In stark contrast, King Charles was then seen waving to crowds, some of whom were waving the Union Flag.
A Dunfermline resident who was among those who gathered outside the town chambers ahead of the king’s visit described the monarch’s arrival as “exciting”.
Bill Henderson, 71, said: ‘This is a historic event.
“I was born just before the Queen took the throne, so she’s been my monarch all my life. It’s just exciting.
“And above all a King Charles returning to Dunfermline when King Charles I was born here, however distant.”
Teacher Carol Williams, 52, said: “It’s such an honor for Dunfermline.”
The newly crowned city, whose roots date back to before the Bronze Age, received city status in May as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
People await the arrival of King Charles and Queen Camilla at an official ceremony to mark Dunfermline as a town
King Charles was then seen waving to crowds, some of whom were waving the Union Flag
King Charles III arrives at Dunfermline City Chambers. King Charles III and Camilla Queen Consort grant township status to the town of Dunfermline,
Eight towns have been granted city status, including Colchester, Doncaster, Milton Keynes, Stanley in the Falkland Islands, Bangor in Northern Ireland, Douglas on the Isle of Man and Wrexham in Wales.
Dunfermline beat their Scottish rival St Andrews, known worldwide as the home of golf and the first university in Scotland to win this honour.
Speaking at the time, Fife Provost Jim Leishman said: ‘The official town title will give Dunfermline the wider recognition it deserves as one of the fastest growing urban areas fastest in Scotland, offering all the amenities any modern city could hope for.
“Town status will help us grow economically and as a tourist destination and will have a positive impact on Dunfermline and the surrounding area.
“Of course the people of Dunfermline have always known that Dunfermline is a town, which is why we have the City Car Park, the City Hotel and the City Cabs, but it’s great to finally get official recognition. ‘
Alongside the ceremony, King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla will carry out further engagements in Scotland today.
They will attend a council meeting at the City Chambers, before visiting Dunfermline Abbey to mark its 950th anniversary.
They will later hold a reception to celebrate British South Asian communities at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.