The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay have a visit on the books for Scotland next week. Prince Charles and Camilla will visit Edinburgh, Ayrshire, Glasgow and Isle of Islay during their four-day visit starting Tuesday.
Tuesday 23rd June 2015
The Duke of Rothesay will attend an event to mark National Women in Engineering Day at Selex ES in Edinburgh. The Duke will meet groups of primary school girls who will be taking part in a range of engineering-related activities that exemplifies engineering as a creative career choice.
Charles, who is President of The Prince’s Trust, will attend a Reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Prince Charles began The Princes Trust in 1976. After serving in the Royal Navy, the Prince became a champion for the disadvantaged youth across the UK.
The Duchess of Rothesay will visit Breadshare in Portobello. Breadshare is a not-for-profit community bakery that promotes the health benefits of nutritious ‘real bread’ made using organic ingredients and sold at affordable prices. As a community bakery, Breadshare engages with all members of the community: customers, volunteers, employees and educational workshops. It also collaborates with other social enterprises and community groups. The Duchess will watch bread being made before meeting bakery staff and members of the local community,
Camilla will also visit The Beach House Café and the Portobello Sailing and Kayaking Club. There she will visit the small boat yard and will meet children preparing to go out sailing. The Duchess will also watch some youngsters on the water. She will then visit the award winning beach café where she will meet staff and members of the club at a reception.
Prince Charles, President, Scottish Business in the Community will attend a Reception in support of their Annual Responsible Business Awards at the Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh.
Wednesday 24th June 2015
As Patron of the Glasgow School of Art Charles will tour the Glasgow School of Art following the fire in May 2014. During his visit, he will learn about the school’s plans for restoring the historic rebuilding designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Charles and his wife have a scheduled visit at 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.
The Prince will make a stop the Arnold Clark motor group where he will meet graduates and new apprentice recruits who are participating in a Prince’s Trust programme. There he will meet staff from Arnold Clark and watch The Prince’s Trust participating working on a variety of vehicle-related tasks.
Camilla embarks on a solo engagement where she will join a Credit Union Fair at the Trades Hall in Glasgow. The fair will celebrate the achievement of credit unions in Glasgow, which as a city has more credit union members than anywhere else in the UK. It tries to highlight that credit unions are for everyone and to showcase what credit unions do throughout the city to support local communities, businesses, employees and school children. The Duchess will tour a range of stands and will meet representatives from the sector, credit union members and those interested in finding out more about credit unions.
Camilla’s interest in credit unions began after a 2010 visit to North Wiltshire Credit Union in Chippenham. She feels that credit unions do a valuable job in their local communities and she wants more people to know about them. In the past few years, she has visited various branches throughout the country and has herself begun learning more about their structure and services.
Prince Charles will also be on hand to open the Innovation Centre at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital. He will visit the Intensive Care Unit and the Orthopaedic Unit where he will meet patients, volunteers and staff. Charles will also meet a local artist and former heart patient who has painted portraits of many of the staff which will be on display.
Charles and Camilla will attend the inaugural Dumfries House Dog Show at Dumfries House. There the keen animal lovers will watch some the dog classes and tour the stalls.
Thursday 25th June 2015
The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay will visit the Dumfries House Textiles Festival, celebrating the British textile industry, as well as highlighting opportunities that exist for skills development, employment and careers in the textile industry. The royal couple will tour the manufacturers’ exhibition and visit a young people’s activity tent. They will also take some time to meet school children and representatives from the industry.
In June 2007, Prince Charles as Grand Steward of Scotland led a group of charities and heritage organisations to acquire this rare house along with its contents and adjacent land. The goal was simple: keep the historic building as it was and allow the public to witness its unique beauty.
Friday 26th June 2015
Charles will visit the Isle of Islay on Friday, There he will stop at the Ardbeg Distillery, to mark the distillery’s 200th anniversary. The Prince will tour briefly the distillery and stop for a tasting before joining a reception in the main building to celebrate the distilleries anniversary.
Next on his agenda is a visit to the Laphroaig Distillery, to mark the distillery’s 200th anniversary. During his tour, Charles will learn about the Legacy Fund and fill a cask before visiting their 200th Anniversary Cairn and unveil a plaque.
The Duke of Rothesay, Lord of the Isles, will visit Finlaggan Visitors’ Centre, Islay. Finlaggan is where the installation of the Lord of the Isles took place centuries ago. The Duke will meet representatives of the Finlaggan Trust and visit the small peninsula on Loch Finlaggan to view the remains of buildings where the installations took place. Charles will also meet those involved in Finlaggan’s preservation.
The Lord of the Isles is a title of Scottish nobility whose history that go predates Kingdom of Scotland. The title has been held by the heir apparent of the Scottish and later Brtish sovereign since 1493.
Prince Charles is Lord of the Isles, as well as Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew and High Steward of Scotland.
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