The Stone of Destiny, also known as the Stone of Scone, will be transferred from Edinburgh Castle to Perth in a ceremony today. This iconic artefact, weighing 150kg, holds significant historical value as it has been used to crown monarchs.

Following a £27 million redevelopment project, the Stone will become the main attraction at the new Perth Museum, which is set to open on March 30th. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the Stone for free once the museum opens its doors.

The Stone of Destiny was previously on display in Edinburgh and it was agreed that it would return to Westminster Abbey for any future coronation ceremonies, such as King Charles III’s coronation last year.

Although the Stone will not be on display at the transfer ceremony in Perth, a People’s Procession will be led down the Castle Esplanade to mark the occasion. Local figures are hopeful that having the Stone in Perth will benefit other attractions in the area.

Sir Melville Jameson, former lord-lieutenant of Perth and Kinross, expressed his excitement about the Stone coming to Perth, noting its proximity to its original location at Scone Palace. He encouraged visitors to explore other attractions in the city such as St John’s Kirk, Elcho Castle, and Scone Palace.

The transfer of the Stone of Destiny to Perth marks a significant moment in history and showcases the rich cultural heritage of the region.

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