Today, The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay (as The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall are known when in Scotland) were in Glasgow to officially open the historic Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed tea rooms following a £10 million restoration. The A-listed property is of international significance as it was the only building where Mackintosh had complete control over the architecture and interior decorations, including the design of furniture, cutlery and waitress uniforms. The Willow Tea Rooms Trust organised the four-year restoration of the site and the Trust's Celia Sinclair showed the Royal couple around the restored building.
On their way around, Their Royal Highnesses met trainees taken on by the tea room following a training course organised through The Prince's Trust and spoke to people involved in creating replicas of more than 50 pieces of original Charles Rennie Mackintosh furniture.
The Duke of Rothesay said: "It's a remarkable achievement. I'm full of admiration… What you've managed to do is truly splendid and will make such a difference to Glasgow… I wish you nothing but the greatest success from now on and I'm very proud to have played a small part in opening the tea rooms."
The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay were given tea before unveiling a plaque to open the tea rooms. The Duke then put in place the final piece of wood carving to mark the completion of the restoration.
Following on, The Duchess of Rothesay visited two cancer centres in the city, beginning with the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre where she heard about the work of Target Ovarian Cancer in its 10th anniversary year.
Her Royal Highness then headed to the Maggie's Centre at Gartnavel Hospital, where she spoke to cancer patients who told her how the centre had helped them.
The Duchess, who has been president of Maggie's Centres for a decade, praised their atmosphere, saying: "When I went to the first one I thought it would be depressing, but it was the complete opposite. It was uplifting."