Beaming Prince Charles is given a guard of honour by proud scouts as he visits their newly renovated hut in Aberdeenshire
- Prince Charles, 70, has a busy day of engagements in Aberdeenshire today
- Charles, known as the Duke of Rothesay, visited scouts in the town of Macduff
- He will later visit a silversmith and jewellery making business in Banff
A kilted Prince Charles received a guard of honour as he visited a Scout hut in Aberdeenshire today.
Charles, 70, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, beamed as he was greeted by members of the 1st Macduff Scouts at their newly refurbished hut in the coastal town.
The royal was invited to take part in a craft session and was given a tour of the 18th century stone hut, which was recently reopened after a renovation.
It marked the first stop on a busy day of engagements, which also took in a walkabout and a visit to the local museum in the nearby town of Banff.
Prince Charles appeared in excellent spirits as he met scouts during a busy day of engagements in Aberdeenshire, pictured
The royal, 70, known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, beamed as he arrived at the newly refurbished scout hut in the coastal town of Macduff
Donning a kilt for the occasion, Charles was met outside by beavers, cubs and scouts before being given a tour of the facility. Pictured, with scout leaders Dennis Watt and Stuart Watt
Prince Charles joined scouts Jenny Duncan and Phoebe Wiseman for a bracelet braiding session during his visit to the 1st Macduff Scout Hut on Monday
As he was shown how to loop cord to make a colourful key ring, Charles told Scouts Jenny Duncan, 12, and 17-year-old Phoebe Wiseman: ‘I wouldn’t know where to begin. I think it’s going to take me too long to learn.’
Charles, who wore a kilt in Rothesay tartan, unveiled a plaque and spoke to the families of the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers gathered outside the hut.
He asked the crowd: ‘Are you all enjoying sitting in the sun?’
Pointing to the hut, one of the oldest remaining buildings in Macduff, he said: ‘It’s wonderful to see it all brought back to life, isn’t it?’
Scout leader Dennis Watt said: ‘It was a most enjoyable visit. He was really interested in the building and all the stuff the kids are doing, all their badges.
‘He didn’t take part in trying to make a key ring but he’s a bit like myself, it’s too difficult. All the kids seemed to enjoy meeting him.’
Scouts stood in uniform as they waited to greet the prince. The 1st Macduff Scout Hut dates back to the 18th century and is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the town
The Duke of Rothesay spoke to families and members of the community during his visit to Macduff. Later Charles will visit the nearby town of Banff
The prince shared a joke with Phoebe Wiseman, centre, and Jasmine Cook during the visit
Charles also visited a silversmithing and jewellery-making business in nearby Banff.
He toured the new Smiddy Centre of Excellence for Silversmithing and Jewellery, which offers skills development opportunities to people around Scotland.
The social enterprise Vanilla Ink runs classes to help vulnerable youngsters in particular, develop the skills.
Business partners Kate Pickering and Scott McIntyre opened the Centre in September after six months of work to renovate the Auld Smiddy into a skills base for workshops.
The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, walks up the ‘Strait Path’ through Banff town centre
The Duke of Rothesay, who will become a grandfather for the fourth time when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcome their first child in the coming days, spoke to well-wishers
The prince donned a kilt in Rothesay tartan for the brief walkabout on Banff High Street today
To mark the visit, they presented Charles with a quaich made at the centre before silversmith Megan Falconer introduced him to some of those taking part in session.
She also showed him how to planish, smooth and finish, a communal bowl, handing him a hammer to get to work.
Ms Falconer said: ‘Everyone has had a bash on the bowl and I asked His Royal Highness to use the hammer to remove the marks from when the bowl was being raised.
‘I was quite nervous showing him how to do it but he really got into it.
Prince Charles waved as he arrived at Banff Museum during his busy day of engagements
Prince Charles looks at display of Banff Silverware with Dr David Bertie during a visit to the Banff Museum
‘It was lovely to meet him and he seemed interested in what we do.
‘He definitely seemed interested in being here and learning about the craft.’
At the local museum, he admired locally-produced silverware, including a teapot made in the early 1700s – said to be one of the oldest surviving silver teapots in Scotland.
Charles was also invited to view the Banff Market Cross, dating from the early 1400s.
Spotting a decorative Celtic trumpet at the museum, the prince said: ‘I played trumpet at school but I’m not going to try it.’
The Duke was shown several of the displays within the museum, including what appeared to be regalia worn by a royal or nobleman, pictured
The Duke of Rothesay signed a visitor’s book during the visit to Banff Museum, Aberdeenshire
The royal also unveiled a plaque commemorating his visit to Banff Museum on Monday
Julian Watson, chairman of Banff Preservation and Heritage Society, said after the visit: ‘He was very surprised at just how prolific silver production was up here – it was second after Aberdeen.
‘It was a very wealthy Georgian town in its day.’
Mr Watson added: ‘It was a great visit and helps put Banff Museum on the map.’
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