First Minister swearing in ceremony

Published: 28 March 2023

This week the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland, Jennifer Henderson will congratulate Humza Yousaf on his election as First Minister of Scotland at his swearing in ceremony at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

As First Minister, Humza Yousaf also holds the title of Keeper of the Scottish Seal, which is also known as the Great Seal.

The ceremony is overseen by the Lord President of the Court of Session and senior judges. As Deputy Keeper of the Scottish Seal, Jennifer also has a statutory role and is required to attend the ceremony alongside the Seal.

Humza Yousaf will take an oath of allegiance, as set out in the Promissory Oaths Act 1868, promising to serve the monarch throughout his time in office, and then sign a parchment, officially confirming his position. In practice it means that the First Minister can lead the country with the support of the Scottish Parliament.

Speaking ahead of the ceremony, Jennifer said:

It was an honour to attend the swearing-in of outgoing First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, in 2021 and it will be a privilege to once more hear the words of the Lord President reading the declarations for the First Minister to assent to. I look forward to continuing to support the First Minister in a small but important part of these duties, in my role as Deputy Keeper of the Great Seal.