The Duchess of Rothesay in Aberdeenshire



11th – 12th October 2018

Thursday 11th October

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay will visit Alford Community Campus, Greystone Road, Alford, AB33 8TY. During the visit, The Duchess will meet pupils and staff from local primary schools, join a cookery class in a Home Economics classroom and watch a Harvest Festival performance.

Alford Community Campus was officially opened in November 2015 and caters for pupils in early years, primary and secondary education. The campus features a library, theatre, dance studio, sports hall, gym, community rooms and a swimming pool and is well used by the local community.

The academy and the primary schools in the Alford network are joining for a celebration of harvest time and their local communities, at the new campus. The schools have been working on a variety of projects and will be showing a range of produce, craft and art ahead of a commemorative event in the theatre.

Friday 12th October

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay will visit Crathie Primary School, Crathie, Ballater, Aberdeenshire AB35 5UL. The Duchess will see displays created by the children in celebration of the Cairngorms.

Her Royal Highness will then visit The Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Pavilion, The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park, Braemar, Aberdeenshire.

On arrival, Her Royal Highness will be greeted by schoolchildren from Braemar Primary School who have been given a special preview of the Pavilion in the presence of Her Royal Highness, before meeting Mr David Geddes, President of the Braemar Royal Highland Society, and Mr Robert Lovie of The Prince’s Foundation who will explain the project and the building.  Inside the Pavilion, Her Royal Highness will meet representatives of the Braemar Gathering, the Braemar Royal Highland Society.  The Duchess and the schoolchildren will then view a performance of Highland Dancing.

The Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Pavilion is a new heritage centre in Braemar which tells the story of Highland Games and Gatherings while providing a major year-round tourist attraction in the north-east of Scotland.

Incorporating The Wirth Room, The Milne Gallery, and The Kauffman Exhibition Hall, as well as a café and gift shop, The Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Pavilion will not only tell the story of Royal links to Braemar but of Highland Games across the world.

The Pavilion is expected to open to the public early next year and will be the first centre of its kind, with the development supported by HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, who has driven the project through his newly-established charity The Prince’s Foundation. The Prince’s Foundation was formed as a result of the merger of four of The Prince’s existing charities on April 1. One of the legacy charities, The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, was responsible for designing the Pavilion.

The facility, which has gained favour from villagers and the backing of the Cairngorms National Park Authority, will also provide a new headquarters for the Braemar Royal Highland Society.

The structure will be located adjacent to the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park, home to the Braemar Gathering since the early 1900s, with the design influenced by the setting of the venue in the Cairngorms National Park and the traditional architecture found around the venue and the village of Braemar itself.

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