King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort, attend an official council meeting at the City Chambers in Dunfermline

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Reported in the Time, the king highlighted the new town’s “tremendous significance” in Scottish history as the birthplace of entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Dunfermline is also the ‘burial place of kings and queens’, he said, with Robert the Bruce, who led Scotland in a war against England in the 1300s, buried at the abbey .

He also spoke of the community, saying, “I hope everyone who lives in or comes from this very special place will feel a real sense of pride as we celebrate this final chapter in our rich history, and that this new This distinction will not only re-gild the legacy of the past, but will also brighten the perspective of our future. As you celebrate your well-deserved status as Scotland’s New Town, I can only offer you my warmest congratulations and best wishes. more sincere for years to come.

Britain’s King Charles III greets members of the public at Dunfermline

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Speaking ahead of the ceremony, Alister Jack, Secretary of State for Scotland, said: ‘It is a huge honor for Dunfermline to be awarded town status and it will be a huge boost for the town. and its inhabitants. And it is a huge honor that the King and Queen have made this their first official visit together after the royal mourning. The decision was made by the late Queen personally to choose Dunfermline. Between then and now, the king really took action and honored the date.