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Charles and Camilla’s week in Scotland kicks off in Edinburgh

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay kicked off their visit to Scotland in Edinburgh on Tuesday.

Before joining his wife and attending ‘Farm to Fork,’ the St Andrew’s Square Food and Drink Festival, Prince Charles attended an event to mark National Women in Engineering Day at Selex ES. There the Prince met groups of primary school girls who are participating in a variety of engineering-related activities that embodies engineering as a creative career choice.

Selex ES is an international leader in electronic and information technologies for defence systems.

Edinburgh is home to one of the biggest research and manufacturing sites of technology firm Finmeccanica – Selex ES.

Finmeccanica – Selex ES in Edinburgh has won two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in 2010 and 2011 for Innovation and International Trade.

Charles is an ardent supporter in encouraging manufacturing and engineering job opportunities and training. He enjoys his visits to factories and businesses that rely on, and in turn support, training in manufacturing and engineering.

In 2013, Charles kicked off two days of industrial skills events when he visited Jaguar Land Rover in Merseyside. There he launched his Industrial Cadets training programme. Other visits in the last year included Middleport Pottery and the Stroud Festival of Manufacturing and Engineering.

This past April at Dumfries House, Prince Charles opened the Morphy Richards Engineering Education Centre. The centre affords experiential learning for primary and early secondary that targets the four core and supported STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programmes.

Following his visit to Selex ES, Charles was joined by his wife and they together attended ‘Farm to Fork’, the St Andrew’s Square Food and Drink Festival. The festival commemorates fifteen years of Farmers’ Markets in Edinburgh.

The Duke of Rothesay at  'Farm to Fork', the St Andrew's Square Food and Drink Festival to mark fifteen years of Farmers' Markets in Edinburgh.

The Duke of Rothesay at ‘Farm to Fork’, the St Andrew’s Square Food and Drink Festival to mark fifteen years of Farmers’ Markets in Edinburgh.

‘Farm to Fork’ blends fresh local produce directly from the producer and award-winner local chefs to show how food bought at the market can easily be turned into healthy and affordable meals.

The duchess of Rothesay visiting one of the many  stalls at 'Farm to Fork' in Edinburgh.

The duchess of Rothesay visiting one of the many stalls at ‘Farm to Fork’ in Edinburgh.

Celebrating its 15th year, The Edinburgh Farmers Market is well known and considered the premier market in Scotland. Open every Saturday on Castle Terrace, it offers home-grown produce from across the country.

What began as a bi-weekly market in 2000 has now grown into a weekly market and is the only farmers’ market in Scotland to operate weekly from one location.

Charles and Camilla are well known for supporting farm to table schemes and have long been promoting local food production and healthy eating.

Camilla embarked on a solo visit to Breadshare. During her visit, she watched bread being made before meeting the staff and some members of the local community.

Breadshare began in 2011 as a not-for-profit social enterprise in the Borders by a group of people who were eager about bringing real bread to their local community. Debra Riddell started the bakery and began providing organic bread to the Borders and Edinburgh.

The bakery went from producing 200 loaves a week to 2500. An expansion required a move to a new site in Portobello in 2015.

The company takes part in local community initiatives such as giving bread making lessons to local school children and selling jam from local makers as well as donate to the local food bank.

The Duchess of Rothesay, with some possibly some newly acquired bread making recipes and ideas, went on to visit The Beach House Café and the Portobello Sailing and Kayaking Club.

There she visited the small boat yard and met young sailors and kayakers who demonstrated their skills in the water. Camilla made a stop at the award-winning café where she met staff, members of the Club and those who have supported them over the years.

The area is part of the revitilisation of the Portobello Promenade that has taken shape over the past six years.

Ten years ago Jonathan Bendit decided that Portobello needed to revive itself to its former glory. After much hard work, his vision came to fruition. In 2009, The Beach House opened and the following summer Portobello Sailing and Kayaking Club was established. The Club is a charity will all of its work is performed by volunteers.

The Club operates a lively children’s sailing and kayaking programme, as well as regular racing and courses for young people who would not likely have the chance to take up water sports.

Charles has two events scheduled later in the day as his wife embarked on her visits in Portobello.

The Duke of Rothesay is to attend a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to thank supporters of the Prince’s Trust, the youth charity Charles created in 1976 and for which he is President.

The Prince’s Trust Scotland supports young people into education, work and or start a business. It encourages young people to overcome the obstacles they face whether it be mental or health issues, poverty or lack of support and encouragement from home or school.

The final engagement of the day for Prince Charles is a reception at the Prestonfield House Hotel, for Scottish Business in the Community, for which he is President.

Scottish Business in the Community (SBC) work with their members and partners to empower communities so people can prosper, businesses can grow and Scotland is a greener place in which to live.

On Wednesday, The Duke and Duchess of Will visit Glasgow. Among the engagements scheduled, they will visit the Clutha Bar where they will meet members of the Clutha Trust. The Trust works to help young people in the aftermath of the tragic helicopter accident that occurred in November 2013. Charles visited the Clutha Bar a week after the tragedy and met with a group of survivors who came back to the site of the horrific crash.

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