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Prince William takes on new Patronage in Scotland

The Duke of Cambridge has become Patron of an appeal to secure the future of a Scottish Military Museum.

Prince William, known as the Earl of Strathearn in Scotland, has become Patron of Thin Red Line Appeal in order to secure the future of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum.

Prince William will tour the museum on Monday, 24 October to launch the appeal to redevelop the museum, which is based in Stirling Castle.

The museum building was built in the 15th Century and is thought to have been the private residence of King James IV. The museum is one of Scotland’s key heritage site and plays a crucial role in the education on the history of one of Scotland’s greatest Highland regiments and it’s feats and endeavors throughout the last 220 years. It relies almost entirely on public donations for maintenance and upkeep.

The museum follows the history of the 91st Argyllshire Highlanders and the 93rd Highlanders up to their merger into the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regiment, which they are known as today.

Brigadier Bruce Russell, the Chairman of the Museum Trust said: “I am delighted that The Duke of Cambridge, The Earl of Strathearn, has given his support and encouragement to this appeal, designed to safeguard the memory of a unique part of the British Army and of the nation’s proud military and cultural heritage.”

On his tour, the Duke will see key museum exhibits, meet the Cadet force attached to the unit, as well as veterans and current serving members of the unit. He will go on to sign the visitors’ book and view items relating to Her Majesty The Queen’s role as Colonel of the Regiment. The Duke will then be given an update on the plans to redevelop the museum following the granting of Heritage Lottery Funding. He will go on to meet appeal presidents, trustees and guests before concluding the tour by officially launching the redevelopment of the museum and the Thin Red Line Appeal.

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