This was a busy year of engagements across the country with, amongst other events, the Kirking of the Scottish Parliament service following the Elections in May, and a reception for MSPs and officials, through to a visit to HMS Prince of Wales, the second of The Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers being constructed at Rosyth.
In August, the Ballater Highland Games were attended by The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay (as they are known in Scotland), as the Dee Valley continued to recover from the severe floods of the New Year. In October, His Royal Highness travelled to the Royal National Mòd, a Gaelic cultural competition in Stornoway.
Their Royal Highnesses also undertook a number of engagements in and around Edinburgh viewing, amongst other things, the ‘From Harris to Paris’ textiles exhibition. As Patron of Abbeyfield, The Duke of Rothesay visited Viewlands House in Perth, as part of the charity’s 60th anniversary year, and met staff at Margaret Morrison Sporrans.
A short flight to the Isle of Bute saw His Royal Highness visit Bute Fabrics, where he met refugees from Aleppo in Syria – some of the first to be accommodated by a UK local authority.
The Duke of Rothesay also visited the Marine Harvest fish farm at Loch Leven, which secured certification from the Aquaculture Stewardship Council for its environmental standards. He afterwards held a meeting with industry representatives.
His Royal Highness also undertook several visits to Dumfries House and Estate.