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All that jazz: Charles and Camilla in Scotland

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay began their annual visit to Scotland on Monday. The Royal visit began on a musical note as the Duke and Duchess visited an Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
workshop at Edinburgh Napier University Jazz Summer School at Napier University Music School in Edinburgh.

Monday would see a handful of music themed visits during their day today.

Under the directorship of the university’s Jazz Musician in residence, Haftor Medboe, The Jazz Summer School is a week-long rigorous course, designed to develop jazz playing skills for musicians of all ages and abilities.


Following the workshop The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay embarked on separate visits.

Charles visited Dovecot Studios tapestry studio. Dovecot Studios is a one hundred year old tapestry studio. Along with the tapestry studio, Dovecot also contains exhibitions, venue hire, cafe and their shop.

Founded in 1912 by the Marquess of Bute, the studio expanded from the famous William Morris Craft Studio at Merton Abbey in Wimbledon. In 2008 Dovecot finished a £12million refurbishment of Edinburgh’s oldest public baths into workshop and gallery spaces.

Camilla watched a baton handover and attended a Reception to celebrate the success of the Royal Voluntary Service’s Scottish Baton Pass Challenge at Edinburgh City Chambers.

With people aged 2 to 103 years old participating, Royal Voluntary Service Scotland has undertaken a baton pass challenge to commemorate the strength of volunteering before the start of the Commonwealth Games.

Covering 2,500 miles across land and water in 92 days, the baton pass challenge includes many of the 7,479 Royal Voluntary Service Scotland volunteers and some of the charity’s service users.

The baton pass challenge kicked off in Glasgow on 22 April 2014.

Later in the day, two announced events transpired that the Charles and his wife attended on Monday.

The Royal couple attended a jazz performance by Stephanie Trick at the Tron Kirk as part of the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival. Also present at the event was TV presenter and former Squeeze band member Jools Holland.

Begun in 1978 by musician Mike Hart, The Edinburgh Jazz Festival has turned out to be one of the biggest of its kind in Britain. More than 140 concerts take place from Friday 18th to Sunday 27th July across the capital from jazz and blues artists from across the globe.

The final event of this busy first day in Scotland had Charles attend a reception and recital to celebrate the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s 40th Anniversary at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Since 2000, The Duke of Rothesay has been Patron of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Begun in 1974, the SCO is one of Scotland’s five National Performing Arts Companies, and known worldwide as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world.

On Tuesday, The Duke of Rothesay, Royal Colonel, will visit Balhousie Castle and tour The Black Watch Regimental Museum in Perth. Charles will also visit the Glendelvine Estate to hear more about their efforts to protect the red squirrel population in Dunkeld.

Also on Tuesday, Charles, Patron, will attend a reception for the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s 50th Anniversary at Murthly Castle.

The Duchess of Cornwall will visit the Shortbread House of Edinburgh.

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