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King Charles seemed to enjoy the Red Arrows flypast (Picture: Reuters)

Is there anything better than the impressive roar of the Red Arrows and their iconic smoke trails?

King Charles doesn’t appear to think so.

On a day full of smiles – particularly when he laid his hand on the impressive Elizabeth Sword as it was presented to him – there was in-fact one reaction from Charles that may have gone unnoticed.

And you can certainly be forgiven if you missed it.

Following the lavish mini-coronation ceremony at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh today, nine Hawk jets from the Royal Air Force’s aerobatic team soared above the Royal Mile.

Queen Camilla watched on alongside her husband as the aircraft flew in a V formation with their famous red, white and blue colours streaming out behind them.

The Royal Family shared a short video filmed from inside the doors of the Palace of Holyroodhouse that captured the momentous flypast.

A flying finale to a wonderful day – thanks to the @rafredarrows! ✈️🤩— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) July 5, 2023

King Charles enjoyed watching the Red Arrows flypast in Edinburgh (Picture: Reuters)

King Charles made a little jig as the Red Arrows roared by (Picture: The Royal Family)

Footage shows the King and Queen standing with the Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Kate.

Just as they zoom past, Charles can be seen turning to his wife and making a little jig, seemingly still in awe at the spectacular show, even at the age of 74.

There was something very youthful, exuberant and joyful about his giddy reaction as the Red Arrows made their way through the skies of the Scottish capital.

It might only have been a subtle reaction – but we think it’s proof enough that Charles really enjoyed that one.

The famous Red Arrows performed a flypast over The Royal Mile in Edinburgh (Picture: AFP)

The iconic smoke streams behind the nine Royal Air Force Hawk jets (Picture: AP)

Even more so, it shows that the child in all of us never truly leaves.

The Royal Family said on Twitter: ‘A flying finale to a wonderful day – thanks to the RAF Red Arrows!’

Earlier in the day, Charles was presented with the Scottish crown jewels at a lavish ceremony.

He was handed the Sword of State, sceptre and the crown worn by Mary Queen of Scots in 1543 – all of which are symbols of his authority in Scotland.

King Charles III is handed the Elizabeth Sword during the presentation of the Honours of Scotland (Picture: PA)

Charles is presented with the Crown of Scotland, worn by Mary Queen of Scots in 1543 (Picture: AFP)

Thousands had gathered to watch pipe bands march through the city centre as part of the procession.

Spectators watched it make its way from Edinburgh Castle to the cathedral – a group around 100 strong, reflecting all aspects of Scottish society from the arts and politics, to education, civil society and business, including charities which the King supports as patron.

At its head was Shetland pony Corporal Cruachan IV, regimental mascot of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Scotland’s leading figures, and representatives from the nation’s life gathered for a service of thanksgiving and dedication for the King and Queen.

King Charles was all smiles as he enjoyed the mini-coronation ceremony alongside Queen Camilla, his son William, Prince of Wales, and his wife, Kate, Princess of Wales (Picture: PA)

As well as William and Kate, known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, it was also attended by the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, Prince Edward and Sophie.

The service came eight weeks after Charles and Camilla were crowned in an ancient ceremony at Westminster Abbey where the King made a pledge to ‘serve’.

The Right Reverend Sally Foster-Fulton, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, delivered the sermon.

The Rt Rev Foster-Fulton concluded by telling the King and Queen: ‘Your Majesties, you have made it part of your mission to speak alongside creation, advocating for it. 

‘As we present the Honours of Scotland to you, we commit ourselves to walking that journey with you.

‘We are all a small part of something so much bigger – this beautiful, sacred creation and everyone and everything in it. Thanks be to God.’

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