Camilla braves a storm on visit to Highlands primary school
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.
SMILES: The Duchess of Rothesay shared her love of Scottish wildlife with pupils at Crathie Primary School in Aberdeenshire.