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A ‘bridie’ for Sophie: Forfar’s new countess gets a traditional welcome



It’s been eaten by generations in Forfar and as she made her debut there as its countess, Sophie was more than willing to join in the fun. The Countess of Forfar tucked into a traditional bridie on her first visit to the area since receiving her new title and went on to give her lunch the royal seal of approval.

A bridie is a meat pasty which has been made in the area for years. It’s shaped like a horseshoe and was originally made for brides to be, to bring them luck – hence its appearance and its name. As she toured the town, Sophie was offered her very own royal pasty and was more than happy to give it a go.

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Forfar was also rather happy to see its new Earl and Countess as they made their inaugural visit on July 1st 2019. There were big crowds throughout the town as people came out to catch wish Edward and Sophie well. Among those they met was May Balfour who, at 101, is among the area’s oldest inhabitants. There were also flowers and hugs for the new countess from some of the youngest residents of Forfar.

The couple were first welcomed to the town with a display of traditional Highland dancing. All four schools in the area took part in the display before Edward and Sophie were presented with a new tartan, called ‘Earl of Forfar’, and created to mark their new titles.

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Also in the itinerary was a visit to the Guide Dog Scotland Association where they met some of the people helping train dogs to provide assistance to people with sight problems. And the couple also toured St. John’s Episcopal Church in Forfar where they were shown the record of the confirmation of Edward’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother back in 1916.

The Earl and Countess of Forfar have another day of engagements in Scotland on Tuesday July 2nd. Prince Edward received his new title in March 2019 when the Queen made him Earl of Forfar on his 55th birthday.



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