Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle to Visit Edinburgh

Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle to Visit Edinburgh


Edinburgh, Scotland

Tuesday, 13th February 2018

Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will visit Edinburgh on Tuesday, 13th February on their first official joint visit to Scotland. Throughout the day Prince Harry and Ms. Markle will have the opportunity to meet members of the public, learn more about organisations that work in the local community and nationwide, and celebrate youth in the Scottish Year of Young People 2018.

Prince Harry and Ms. Markle’s first stop will be at the Esplanade in front of the iconic Edinburgh Castle, where they will be officially welcomed to the city by the Royal Marines Scotland Band. Prince Harry became Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Marines in December

Inside the Castle at the historic Edinburgh Garrison, which looks out across the city, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle will observe the firing of the One O’clock Gun. The tradition of firing a gun started in 1861 to mark time for ships in the Firth of Forth. Today the British Army fire a 105 millimetre L118 Light Gun, which is the model currently used in operations worldwide.

Prince Harry and Ms. Markle will then travel on to Social Bite, a social business and café located in Edinburgh’s New Town. Social Bite runs social enterprise cafés throughout Scotland and use this platform to distribute 100,000 items of food and hot drinks to homeless people each year, as well as employing staff who have experienced homelessness themselves. In the café, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle will learn more about the social enterprise, meet staff and tour the kitchen.

To conclude their visit, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle will attend a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to celebrate youth achievements, marking Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018. The Year of Young People is an initiative that aims to inspire Scotland through its young people: celebrating their achievements, strengthening their voice on social issues and creating new opportunities for them to shine. Youth representatives from various charities and organisations that work with and for young people across the country will be present, and the reception will provide an opportunity for them to talk about their aspirations for the Year and the activities that they have been involved in so far.

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