Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla tour medieval fortress visited by Mary Queen of Scots

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay – as Prince Charles and Camilla are known in Scotland – carried out a series of new engagements in Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire yesterday.

Prince Charles and Camilla day started with a visit to Dunnottar Castle, where they toured around the property. The castle is a ruined medieval fortress on the northeastern coast of Scotland, which has featured in films including Mary Queen of Scots. The Queen visited the Castle for the first time in 1562, returning two years later with her young son, the future James VI of Scotland and I of England.

Later on, The Duke of Rothesay officially opened the new headquarters of WM Donald, a nearby family run civil engineering firm.

During the visit, Wullie Grant showed the controls of some heavy machinery – what looked like a digger of some sort – to Prince Charles and was impressed with the Duke’s skills. He said: “He’s obviously done it before because he knew exactly what to do with the controls and he was very gentle.”

“We were talking about the machine and how important it is for the industry. He was saying he hopes this automatic technology doesn’t completely do away with people like me, and I had to agree.”

Following terrible floods in 2015, the firm donated materials and labour to help clear up and reinstate near the Balmoral estate in Deeside village.

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay also visited Tolbooth Museum in Stonehaven, where they were greeted by pupils from Dunnottar School.

In the museum, the royal couple were shown several artefacts, including the key used by the The Queen Mother to officially re-open the building in 1963 after going under renovations. Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla also met volunteers who gained a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year.

During the construction of Dunnottar Castle, the building was used as a storehouse and later on started functioning as a prison and courthouse.

On their last stop, Their Royal Highnesses spent time in Stonehaven town centre to meet local businesses and well wishers. There, the Duke and Duchess tasted samples at the Giulianotti Ice Cream and Vintage Sweet Shop and visited Charles McHardy Butchers and Graingers Deli.


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