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Will other Inverness shops be inspired to 'dress up' for King Charles' coronation?

By Neil MacPhail

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House of Aran set for royal big day.
House of Aran set for royal big day.

An Inverness business on High Street is turning heads by going big for the coronation of King Charles and the Queen Consort.

The royal occasion which includes a national holiday may be more than a fortnight away (coronation on Saturday May 6 national holiday Monday May 8) but that didn't stop the House of Aran getting into the party spirit early.

The first and second floors of the imposing building on the High Street has large posters of the King in all its windows, and the frontage is draped with bunting using both the Saltire of Scotland and union flags.

The decorations were the idea of Konstantinos Bikiropoulos manager of the tartan gift shop that has the exuberant display.

He said that being from Greece, the homeland of the late Prince Phillip, the King's father, he respected the royal family and Britain.

He added that people from all over the world shop at the store, especially when the international cruise liners come into Invergordon, so it was good to let people know about the Coronation as it is such a rare and historic occasion.

The building may have once been part of the long closed Highland Club an upmarket establishment favoured by the north "landed gentry" High Court circuit judges and lawyers when visiting Inverness.

All decked out in flags and posters for the coronation.
All decked out in flags and posters for the coronation.

Highland Council has arranged for Inverness Town House and Hydro Ness power station to be specially illuminated for the coronation from May 1 to 9 and the Union Flag is to be flown from council buildings.

A small number of schools in the Highland region will also be celebrating with their own local arrangements.

Are you putting up any special decorations for the coronation, or having a street party? Please let us know at newsdesk@hnmedia.co.uk

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