Major Scottish universities to 'reaffirm their loyalty' to King Charles

The Universities of Aberdeen, St Andrews, Glasgow and Edinburgh are part of 27 'privileged bodies'.

Four major Scottish universities will “reaffirm their loyalty” to the new monarch in a historic ceremony which dates back to the 17th century.

The Universities of Aberdeen, St Andrews, Glasgow and Edinburgh are part of a 27-strong list of “privileged bodies” which will meet with King Charles on March 9.

Buckingham Palace said the institutions are “culturally significant organisations and institutions that reflect the United Kingdom’s diverse society”.

Drawn from the education, science, arts and religious sectors, those invited also include the General Synod of the Church of England, the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the Bank of England, and the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales.

The bodies will present “loyal addresses” to the King, in an effort to “represent the key role they play in British society”.

The Palace said: “This year, to mark His Majesty’s Accession, the 27 Privileged Bodies will present their Loyal Addresses to The King, serving to emphasise and reaffirm their loyalty to the Monarch in a ceremony to be held in the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace.

“The ceremony will see a representative from each organisation deliver a Loyal Address to His Majesty. The King will deliver a response to the Loyal Addresses after all the Privileged Bodies have been presented.”

The late Queen Elizabeth II received the bodies on five occasions during her reign, including for her accession in 1952.

The last time the ceremony took place was to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.