Camilla braves a storm on visit to High­lands pri­mary school

Yorkshire Post - - ROYAL WEDDING -

IN A set­ting that could not have been more dif­fer­ent to the splen­dour of Wind­sor, the Duchess of Corn­wall braved a storm to visit a tiny vil­lage school in the High­lands of Scot­land.

With her hus­band at the wed­ding, Camilla went to Crathie Pri­mary in Aberdeen­shire – her ar­rival de­layed by an up­rooted tree on the road.

It is un­der­stood that the in­vi­ta­tion was a long-stand­ing one and that she did not want to dis­ap­point the school’s nine pupils.

She was given a tour of the premises be­fore vis­it­ing a new games pav­il­ion in nearby Brae­mar. Af­ter apol­o­gis­ing for her late ar­rival, she told her guides, 11-year-old Lo­gan Beedie and Zara Jones, 10: “It’s nice and blowy out­side, isn’t it?”

Camilla, who is known as the Duchess of Rothe­say in Scot­land, shared her love of the lo­cal area and its wildlife with the pupils.

She said she had never seen a ca­per­cail­lie but had been for­tu­nate to see some golden ea­gles, telling the chil­dren: “They’re won­der­ful crea­tures – they’re so big. When they have their wings out they’re huge.”

She later vis­ited a new her­itage cen­tre named af­ter her hus­band, and watched a dis­play of High­land danc­ing by 24-year-old Rachael Walker.

The Duke of Rothe­say High­land Games Pav­il­ion is sit­u­ated in the memo­rial park where the world-fa­mous Brae­mar Gath­er­ing is held ev­ery Septem­ber and reg­u­larly at­tended by the Queen.

The cen­tre, which will open to the pub­lic next spring, tells the story of Scot­land’s High­land Games.

PIC­TURE: PA WIRE

SMILES: The Duchess of Rothe­say shared her love of Scot­tish wildlife with pupils at Crathie Pri­mary School in Aberdeen­shire.

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