Revealed: Just 44 King's coronation street parties held in Scotland 4

Revealed: Just 44 King’s coronation street parties held in Scotland

Just 44 street parties were held in Scotland to celebrate King Charles’ coronation, compared to more than 3,000 in England, prompting claims that Scotland has “fallen out of love” with the monarchy.

Republican politicians and campaigners claimed the small number of street parties north of the border was evidence that the monarchy is “archaic, antiquated and increasingly irrelevant” in Scotland.

But the Scottish Conservatives argued that the monarchy was “still deeply loved and widely respected in Scotland.” The debate comes ahead of the King’s visit to Edinburgh next week. 

Data obtained by The Ferret from Scotland’s 32 local authorities via freedom of information shows that not a single request to hold a street event in May was made in 18 council areas.

The 44 Scottish events compare to 3,087 road closures reportedly approved by councils in England for coronation street parties.

Where were Scotland’s street parties?

Local AuthorityClosed Road
City of Edinburgh CouncilAllan Park Crescent
City of Edinburgh CouncilHamilton Drive West
City of Edinburgh CouncilUlster Gardens
City of Edinburgh CouncilUpper Ormidale Terrace
City of Edinburgh CouncilMurrayfield Drive
City of Edinburgh CouncilCampbell Avenue
City of Edinburgh CouncilDenham Green Place
City of Edinburgh CouncilRavelston House Grove
City of Edinburgh CouncilBlinkbonny Avenue
City of Edinburgh CouncilCorstorphine Park Gardens
City of Edinburgh CouncilBuckstone Road
Dumfries and Galloway CouncilB6357 between Canonbie Public Hall and Cross Keys Hotel (Lantern Parade)
Dumfries and Galloway CouncilMaplebank Loaning, Dumfries
Dumfries and Galloway CouncilChurch Crescent, Dunscore
Dumfries and Galloway CouncilDunreggan Brae, High Street, Chapel Street (Parade of Crowns)
Dumfries and Galloway CouncilBalliol Court, Auchencairn
Dumfries and Galloway CouncilShore Street, Drummore
Moray CouncilHigh Street, Buckie
Moray CouncilReidhaven Street, Elgin
Moray CouncilThe Square/Balvenie Street/Station Road, Dufftown
Moray CouncilLink road between Commercial Street/Jubilee Terrace, Findochty
Perth and Kinross CouncilThe Nurseries, St Madoes
Perth and Kinross CouncilNursery Terrace, Perth
Perth and Kinross CouncilSouth St John’s Place, Perth
Perth and Kinross CouncilB827 Dalginross, Comrie
Scottish Borders CouncilD3-4 Blainslie
Scottish Borders CouncilEyemouth Road, Burnmouth – at the Village Hall
Scottish Borders CouncilMarket Square, Duns – Car Parking area at Mercat Cross
Scottish Borders CouncilVictoria Street, Galashiels – from Gala Park to Lintburn Street
Aberdeenshire CouncilMarket Place Area, Inverurie
Aberdeenshire CouncilForest Road, Kintore
Aberdeenshire CouncilBraehead Crescent, Stonehaven
Fife CouncilThe Cross, Auchtermuchty
Fife CouncilBalgonie Place, Markinch
Highland CouncilA836, Castletown
Highland CouncilCastle Street, Thurso
Midlothian CouncilLugton Brae, Dalkeith
Midlothian CouncilBlackhall Terrace, Penicuik
Aberdeen City CouncilBaillieswells Terrace, Cults
Dundee City CouncilHawick Drive
East Renfrewshire CouncilMid Road, Eaglesham
Glasgow City CouncilNottingham Avenue
South Ayrshire CouncilCarrick Park, Ayr
West Lothian CouncilMillbank Square, Whitburn

Six road closures were recorded in Dumfries and Galloway – two of which were for parades – four each in the Scottish Borders, Moray and Perth and Kinross, while three were held in Aberdeenshire – where the royals own Balmoral and Birkhall estates.

Two street parties were held each in Fife, Highland and Midlothian, while six councils – including Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee – held just one each.

The Ferret’s study follows recent polling revealing lukewarm views of the monarchy in Scotland, and support for the royals to be lower than other UK nations.

For example, an April poll by YouGov found that nearly three-quarters of people in Scotland did not care about the coronation.

Less than half thought we should keep the monarchy, 40 per cent wanted an elected head of state instead and 14 per cent did not know. More had a negative view of the royals than a positive one.

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Image credit: Petr Kratochvil via CC0 Public Domain

SNP MP Tommy Sheppard said: “This is a tiny number of coronation street parties and demonstrates the indifference of most people in Scotland towards the coronation and the royal family.”

The Ferret’s findings “strengthen the case for a review and to move to a democratically elected head of state,” he claimed.

Green MSP Ross Greer said: “We are in the worst cost-crisis for generations, so it is no wonder that so few people wanted to take to the streets to celebrate the wealth and privilege of a single family.

“The British monarchy is an archaic, antiquated and increasingly irrelevant institution. It is incompatible with a commitment to equality or democracy. That’s why more and more people are rejecting it with every passing day.”

The Republic campaign group said: “Clearly Scotland has fallen out of love with the monarchy, as has been borne out in the polls. I’m sure we’ll see this again very clearly when protesters greet Charles and Camilla in Edinburgh next week.”

Scottish Tory MSP, Alexander Stewart, accused Sheppard and Greer of “grasping at straws to try and further their separatist agenda”. “It is shameful that the SNP insist on politicising Royal celebrations, such as King Charles’ III coronation, which was a historic, meaningful moment for the United Kingdom,” he said.

“The outpouring of grief at the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and the warm welcome many monarchs continue to receive when visiting Scotland are just a few examples of how much the monarchy means to Scots.

“Regardless of what republicans in the SNP and Greens may try to claim, our monarchy is still deeply loved and widely respected in Scotland.”

Buckingham Palace did not respond to requests to comment.

Header image credit: HM Government published under the Open Government Licence v1.0

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