Prince William has been busy this week in Scotland with engagements, as the Royal Family are in Scotland paying their annual visit.
Scotland is one of the home countries which will have pleasant memories as it was while studying at St Andrews he met the then Kate Middleton, now his wife. The Prince uses his Scottish title, the Earl of Strathearn, while in Scotland like his father but on these visits were made solo as his wife Kate is still on maternity leave.
On Thursday he was in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital to celebrate some of the significant achievements that Scots within many spheres of the industrial world. He presented a series of medals at the Royal Society in Edinburgh. One of these was to Professor Richard Henderson, whose work with electron microscopy has helped in the treatment of several severe conditions and enabled more lives to be saved. The Professor was also awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry last year.
Also honoured with medals, was Dr Thea Musgraves CBE a Scottish composer of opera and classical music. Born in Edinburgh, the ninety-year-old composer has spent much of the last forty years in the United States where she was for a time a guest professor at the University of California. She was also lucky enough to study under the America composer Aaron Copeland in the 1950’s.
David Climie, an expert in the building of large bridges and project director for Transport Scotland’s Queensferry Crossing – the second Forth Bridge he has worked on. Finally, he presented a medal to Michael Harkins – the inventor of the Turtle Pack, a new swimming aid for children, and as we approach the summer holidays anything which can help save children’s lives from accidents in water is a benefit.
Following this visit, he attended the Annual Service of Commemoration at the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle. Prince William wore an RAF uniform, rather than that of the Blues & Royals he wore recently at his brother’s wedding. Later, he joined 700 guests at the National Museum of Scotland celebrating 70 years of the National Health Service.