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Scottish Parliament opening Friday, 9 July, 1999, 14:43 GMT 15:43 UK
Scotland passes new political milestone
Scotland has celebrated one of its most significant political events for centuries - the formal opening of the new Scottish Parliament by the Queen. In this Special Report, BBC News Online Scotland looks in-depth at the politics, the proceedings and the participants.


Stories from the ceremony.

Scotland's day of history
Images of an historic day
Parliament 'protesters' deny charges
The Queen's speech in full
A moment anchored in history
Dewar's joy as vision becomes reality
Salmond heralds 'new chapter'
McLetchie vows support for parliament
Wallace's tribute to people of Scotland
Connery cheered at parliament opening
Royal blessing for parliament

The full minute-by-minute timetable of events and the history of places involved in the ceremony.

Countdown to the official opening
Kirk's home hosts moment of history
Gathering in hall of political memories
A public celebration
Details of the majestic occasion and the culture, readings and speeches which made up the proceedings.

Crown returns to seat of parliament
A symbol of authority
Armed services' salute to parliament
In tune with the people
Beginning of a new song
News Online hears from seven MSPs about their thoughts on the parliament so far and the future.

Ken Macintosh - Labour
Ian Jenkins - Liberal Democrat
Michael Matheson - SNP
David McLetchie - Conservative
Denis Canavan - Independent
Robin Harper - Green
Tommy Sheridan - Scottish Socialist
Links to more Scottish Parliament opening stories are at the foot of the page.


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