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Surprise visits during Charles and Camilla’s second day in Scotland

The Duchess of Rothesay made two unannounced visits during the Royal couples busy day in Perth and Edinburgh.


The Duchess, visited the Barnardo’s Bookshop in Edinburgh to speak with the staff and donate some books. President since 2007, Camilla is actively involved with the charity that helps at risk children. In 2013, The Queen and her daughter-in-law visited the new Barnardo’s headquarters in Essex to hang decorations on the charity’s Christmas tree.

The next stop saw the Duchess visit the Edinburgh Fashion Festival Makers Market. Founded in 2012 by Anna Freemantle, the annual Edinburgh International Fashion Festival includes runway shows, exhibitions, social events, collaborative workshops and discussions held at various venues throughout Edinburgh.

The final engagement of the day for The Duchess was her visit to the Shortbread House of Edinburgh.Shortbread House is a family owned bakery purchased by Anthony Laing and his wife Fiona in 1989. No stranger to baking as Laing’s father was Lord Laing, former chairman of United Biscuits.

The Duke of Rothesay was busy as well on Tuesday. In his role as Royal Colonel, Charles visited Balhousie Castle and toured The Black Watch Regimental Museum. For close to three centuries, Scotland’s Black Watch has been an elite military regiment.

Located in the historic Balhousie Castle, The Black Watch Museum contains a vast collection of artifacts highlighting the rich history of the Regiment. Following a 2012 redevelopment funded by a £3.5 million Heritage Appeal, the museum reopened with a new education room, displays, café and shop.

Following his visit, Charles went on to visit Glendelvine Estate to learn more about their attempts at protecting the red squirrel population.

The final engagement in Perthshire saw Charles attend a reception at Murthly Castle for the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s 50th anniversary. The Prince is a keen supporter of wildlife has been Patron of the Trust since 1989.

Founded in April 1964 by Sir Charles Connell and a group of conservation pioneers, the goal of The Scottish Wildlife Trust is to support the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work as well as motivate people to take progressive action through its education and engagement activities.

On Wednesday, The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay will tour the Emirates Arena and meet Commonwealth Games athletes, volunteers and officials in Glasgow. The Royal couple will also attend the Opening Ceremony of the XX Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park.

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