As previously reported by Royal central, the Duchess of Cambridge, or the Countess of Strathearn as she is known by in Scotland, visited three school-based charities yesterday in Edinburgh.
Her first solo set of official engagements north of the border saw her traveling to three schools; two of which are associated with charities where she serves as Royal Patron: Place2Be and The Art Room.
The Countess first visited Saint Catherine’s Primary to participate in an assembly and sing-a-long. Saint Catherine’s is one of 28 schools in the country where counsellors from the mental health charity Place2Be are on hand to assist some of the most disadvantaged pupils in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The students presented her with a Scottish toasting cup called a Quaich. She sang along to a children’s song titled ‘Welcome Everybody.’
Before departing, she told the students: “I think everybody should start their morning like that. Have a wonderful day.”
Her next engagement took her to Wester Hailes Education Centre and The Art Room. Cheering pupils greeted her in the playground before she went indoors to attend an art session.
This studio was the first of its kind established in the Scottish schools in 2014. The Art Room uses art to improve the self-esteem, self-confidence and independence of participating students.
Juli Beattie, project director, was thrilled to give the countess a tour of the first Scottish studio.
Ms. Beatie said: “Our presence in Edinburgh represents a new phase in our growth. The needs of the local community are imperative and our work relies on our partner schools having the vision to host an art-room studio offering early intervention to the children and young people.”
For the final stop on this particular official engagement, the Countess, along with dozens of pupils and teachers attended a tennis workshop in Edinburgh. Judy Murray, mother to tennis stars Andy and Jamie created the event as part of the tennis on the Road project, which Ms. Murray started in 2014.
During the workshop, participants were taught the basics of the sport and how to coach and pass these skills along to children. Ms. Murray praised the countess’ participation, saying it is, “fantastic for tennis and women’s sport”.
She continued: “She said she’d love to come back and do some more.”