In Pictures: Crowds line streets as King and Queen Consort visit Dunfermline

King Charles III conferred city status on Dunfermline in Fife and also visited Dunfermline Abbey to mark its 950th anniversary.

King Charles III and the Queen Consort wave as they leave Dunfermline Abbey after a visit to mark its 950th anniversary, and after attending a meeting at the City Chambers in Dunfermline, Fife, where the King formally marked the conferral of city status on the former town
King Charles III and the Queen Consort wave as they leave Dunfermline Abbey after a visit to mark its 950th anniversary, and after attending a meeting at the City Chambers in Dunfermline, Fife, where the King formally marked the conferral of city status on the former town

The King and the Queen Consort have held their first joint public engagements since royal mourning ended by visiting Dunfermline in Fife to mark the former town becoming a city.

King Charles III offered his “warmest congratulations” to Scotland’s newest city as he said conferring the honour on Dunfermline would “gladden my dear mother’s heart”.

Charles conferred city status on the former town, which was one of eight communities awarded the honour as part of the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

King Charles III arrives at an official council meeting at the City Chambers in Dunfermline, Fife, to formally mark the conferral of city status on the former town, ahead of a visit to Dunfermline Abbey to mark its 950th anniversary
King Charles III arrives at an official council meeting at the City Chambers in Dunfermline, Fife, to formally mark the conferral of city status on the former town (Andrew Milligan/PA)
King Charles III greets members of the public as he arrives at an official council meeting at the City Chambers in Dunfermline, Fife, to formally mark the conferral of city status on the former town, ahead of a visit to Dunfermline Abbey to mark its 950th anniversary
Charles greets members of the public as he arrives at the City Chambers in Dunfermline (Andrew Milligan/PA)
King Charles III shakes hands with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as Scottish Secretary Alister Jack (left) looks on, as he arrives at the City Chambers in Dunfermline, Fife, to formally mark the conferral of city status on the former town
The King shakes hands with Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as Scottish Secretary Alister Jack looks on at the City Chambers in Dunfermline (Andrew Milligan/PA)
King Charles III greets members of the public as he arrives at an official council meeting at the City Chambers in Dunfermline, Fife, to formally mark the conferral of city status on the former town, ahead of a visit to Dunfermline Abbey to mark its 950th anniversary
Charles greets the crowds as he arrives at the City Chambers (Andrew Milligan/PA)
King Charles III meets the public on a walk about after attending an official council meeting at the City Chambers in Dunfermline, Fife, to formally mark the conferral of city status on the former town, ahead of a visit to Dunfermline Abbey to mark its 950th anniversary
The King meets the public on a walkabout after attending an official council meeting at the City Chambers in Dunfermline (Andrew Milligan/PA)

In a ceremony in Dunfermline City Chambers, Charles said he had been “delighted” when the announcement of city status was made in May.

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

The King highlighted the new city’s “immense significance” in Scottish history as the birthplace of entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

King Charles III and the Queen Consort attend an official council meeting at the City Chambers in Dunfermline, Fife, to formally mark the conferral of city status on the former town, ahead of a visit to Dunfermline Abbey to mark its 950th anniversary
King Charles III and the Queen Consort attend an official council meeting at the City Chambers in Dunfermline to formally mark the conferral of city status on the former town (Andrew Milligan/PA)
The letters patent confirming Dunfermline formally awarded city status as King Charles III and the Queen Consort attend an official council meeting at the City Chambers in Dunfermline, Fife, to formally mark the conferral of city status on the former town, ahead of a visit to Dunfermline Abbey to mark its 950th anniversary
The letters patent confirming Dunfermline being formally awarded city status (Andrew Milligan/PA)
King Charles III and the Queen Consort attend an official council meeting at the City Chambers in Dunfermline, Fife, to formally mark the conferral of city status on the former town, ahead of a visit to Dunfermline Abbey to mark its 950th anniversary
Charles and Camilla are all smiles while attending an official council meeting at the City Chambers in Dunfermline (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Dunfermline is also the “burial place of kings and queens”, Charles noted, with Robert the Bruce, who led Scotland in a war against England in the 1300s, buried in the abbey there.

King Charles III and the Queen Consort are shown the grave stone of Robert the Bruce during a visit to Dunfermline Abbey, to mark its 950th anniversary, after attending a meeting at the City Chambers in Dunfermline, Fife, where the King formally marked the conferral of city status on the former town
The King and Queen Consort are shown the gravestone of Robert the Bruce during a visit to Dunfermline Abbey to mark its 950th anniversary (Andrew Milligan/PA)
The grave stone of Robert the Bruce, as King Charles III and the Queen Consort visited Dunfermline Abbey, to mark its 950th anniversary, after attending a meeting at the City Chambers in Dunfermline, Fife, where the King formally marked the conferral of city status on the former town
The gravestone of Robert the Bruce, as King Charles III and the Queen Consort visited Dunfermline Abbey (Andrew Milligan/PA)
The grave stone of Robert the Bruce, as King Charles III and the Queen Consort visited Dunfermline Abbey, to mark its 950th anniversary, after attending a meeting at the City Chambers in Dunfermline, Fife, where the King formally marked the conferral of city status on the former town
Robert the Bruce’s gravestone at Dunfermline Abbey (Andrew Milligan/PA)
King Charles III and the Queen Consort visit Dunfermline Abbey, to mark its 950th anniversary, after attending a meeting at the City Chambers in Dunfermline, Fife, where the King formally marked the conferral of city status on the former town
King Charles III and the Queen Consort visit Dunfermline Abbey to mark its 950th anniversary (Andrew Milligan/PA)
King Charles III and the Queen Consort wave as they leave Dunfermline Abbey, after a visit to mark its 950th anniversary, and after attending a meeting at the City Chambers in Dunfermline, Fife, where the King formally marked the conferral of city status on the former town
Charles and Camilla wave as they leave Dunfermline Abbey (Andrew Milligan/PA)
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