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The big day: Scotland celebrates the royal wedding

Thousands of Scots are taking advantage of the day off to toast the happy couple.

Wedding: Kate arrives at Westminster Abbey.
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Thousands across Scotland have the day off to celebrate the royal wedding on Friday.

As William and Kate say their vows in Westminster Abbey, communities across the country are marking the occasion with street parties and Republican protests.

The couple have been bestowed with official Scottish titles by the Queen. They will become the Earl and Countess of Strathearn through their marriage.

Only a handful of applications were made to close roads for street parties in Scotland – most of which are in Edinburgh – but this does not mean Scots are not partying.

Over 12,000 Glaswegians have accepted an invitation on social networking site Facebook to attend a party in Kelvingrove Park. Glasgow City Council had to issue a warning to say that permission was needed to use the park but the crowds still gathered. There was a bouncy castle, loudspeakers and a large crowd enjoying the party.

Meanwhile, many community centres and retirement homes across the country are staging special events for members. In Motherwell, the South Parish Church is filling the pews with party-goers dressed in their finery to watch the wedding.

In the Fife town where the couple met, locals are congregating in the Quadrangle at St Andrews University to watch the graduates say their vows on a big screen. With stage entertainment before the ceremony kicked off there was a strong party atmosphere.

As well as events celebrating the nuptials, there are some Scots who are using the holiday to protest. A group in Edinburgh gathered on the Royal Mile with the aim of turning it into the “Republican Mile”. The organisers are anonymous, but have called themselves El Pueblo Unido, which translates as “the people united”.

Their Facebook page says: “In light of David Cameron's reassurances that people will be allowed to freely mark this ‘special day’, without regard for ‘red tape’, we want to embrace such reassurances to express our contempt for the archaic and inherently undemocratic institution of the monarchy.

“On this day, we hope to see the Royal Mile transformed into the ‘Republican Mile’, in a celebration of democracy and people power, and a two-fingered salute to the monarchy, the ruling classes, and all that they represent.”

Around 50 people gathered outside St Giles Cathedral chanting and singing songs to show their disapproval of the wedding. Police had to seperate the group from a crowd of Royalists who started waving Union Jack flags but it is understood there were no arrests.

In the north of the country, new neighbours in Kinloss are getting to know each other by holding their own street party. They have lived next to each other for less than a year but have already established a thriving community spirit.

How are you celebrating the wedding? Email us your pictures and tell us what you have been up to.


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