18 May 2016
After securing the largest number of seats in the Scottish Parliament election, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon spoke to the gathered media outside Bute House about her government’s priorities.
The following week, the First Minister and her fellow MSPs returned to the Scottish Parliament ahead of the new term.
One of the traditional ceremonies which takes place ahead of the new parliamentary term is the Kirking of the Scottish Parliament.
Held at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, it is an interfaith service which takes place on the evening before the first sitting, and this year Prince Charles joined newly elected MSPs, diplomats and church leaders at the service.
— Scottish Parliament (@ScotParl) May 12, 2016
The following day, the First Minister and 128 other MSPs were sworn in for the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament, taking either an oath or an affirmation in the chamber at Holyrood.
As well as in English, MSPs made their vows in Doric, Gaelic and Scots.
— BBC Scotland News (@BBCScotlandNews) May 12, 2016
Nicola Sturgeon is to be reappointed as first minister of Scotland after she was backed for the job by MSPs and become the official nominee before being confirmed by the Queen and being sworn in at the Court of Session.
— ITV News (@itvnews) May 17, 2016
— BBC Scotland News (@BBCScotlandNews) May 18, 2016