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It is the second largest financial centre in the United Kingdom Edinburgh is Scotland's second most populous city and the seventh most populous in the United Kingdom.
The official population estimates are 464,990 (2012) for the Locality of Edinburgh (Edinburgh pre 1975 regionalisation plus Currie and Balerno), The city is the annual venue of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
reaffirmed its belief in the Union and loyalty to the Hanoverian monarch George III by its choice of names for the streets of the New Town: for example, Rose Street and Thistle Street; and for the royal family, George Street, Queen Street, Hanover Street, Frederick Street and Princes Street (in honour of George's two sons).
Following the Treaty of Union in 1706, the Parliaments of England and Scotland passed Acts of Union in 17 respectively, uniting the two kingdoms in the Kingdom of Great Britain effective from .Recognised as the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century, Edinburgh is home to the Scottish Parliament and the seat of the monarchy in Scotland.Historically part of Midlothian, the city has long been a centre of education, particularly in the fields of medicine, Scots law, literature, the sciences and engineering.As a consequence, the Parliament of Scotland merged with the Parliament of England to form the Parliament of Great Britain, which sat at Westminster in London.The Union was opposed by many Scots, resulting in riots in the city.