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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall pay tribute to Scotland's Armed Forces and meet budding young chefs

9th May 2012

The Duchess of Cornwall meets school children taking part in British Food Fortnight's Cook for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

The Duchess of Cornwall meets school children taking part in British Food Fortnight's Cook for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall received a royal salute from a parade of Navy, Army and RAF personnel in Scotland's capital today.

Their Royal Highnesses, known as The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, watched the final stage of the march which started at Edinburgh Castle and continued down the Royal Mile into the forecourt of the palace of Holyroodhouse.

More than 100 people lined the streets at the bottom of the Royal Mile and were joined by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, who watched the 250-strong parade pass the Scottish Parliament and into the palace grounds.

The Prince, who was wearing a naval admiral's uniform, and The Duchess greeted people watching from the crowd and reviewed the parade on the palace forecourt before hosting a lunch reception for those involved.

The food was from menus made by Scottish schoolchildren taking part in the British Food Fortnight's Cook for the Queen Diamond Jubilee competition.

The competition was created by The Duchess and invited all schools in the UK to create a special menu of British recipes which will be served to The Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall at a reception in Buckingham Palace in June.

Ahead of the parade, The Duchess met pupils from four schools taking part in the competition and donned her cooking apron to help them prepare their recipes with royal chefs in the kitchen of the palace of Holyroodhouse.

Pupils from Brae high school in Shetland, Pencaitland primary in East Lothian, Cardross primary in Dunbartonshire and Canongate primary in St. Andrews met The Duchess and told her the inspiration behind their menus.

Max Leveque, 11, from Pencaitland, said: "We told The Duchess we were making wild boar sausages and apple crumble, and she was interested when we told her that all the ingredients were from local places in East Lothian.

"She said she was looking forward to trying our food at the lunch."

The S3 pupils from Brae left Shetland on Monday and took a 14-hour ferry to Aberdeen before a train journey to Edinburgh to meet The Duchess.

Home economics teacher Moira Dobson travelled with the pupils and said the day was worth the long trip.

She said: "The Duchess was delighted that we had come all the way from Shetland and she told the pupils how she had been there a couple of years ago with The Prince to open a museum.

"She asked if the weather was still wet and windy, and we had to agree it was.

"But she really enjoyed helping out and trying our jubilee crabcakes and vol au vents."

Other choices on the lunch menu included haggis fritters, scallops and Stornoway black pudding.

Royal chef Visen Anenden was delighted with the children`s efforts.

He said: "They have all made really interesting menus with a great blend of flavours and seasonal produce.

"It’s good to see children cooking and that’s the great thing about this competition.

"I’m sure everyone at the reception will enjoy the food and hopefully some of these schools can make it all the way to the final."

More than 200 schools across Britain entered the competition and next week 16 finalists will be chosen and passed to the head chef at Buckingham Palace, who will pick four schools to travel to London to cook with him ahead of the jubilee reception.

Before presenting the Scottish Business in the Community (SBC) awards at the National Museum of Scotland, The Prince visited Craigroyston community high school to see how the charity helps pupils.

He was greeted by a round of applause from students waving small union jack and saltire flags as he met headteacher Margaret Russell and SBC chief executive Jane Wood.

At Craigroyston, the charity promotes relationships between the school and local businesses to develop skills and raise pupil aspirations.

Mrs Wood said: "We work with pupils who are nearing the end of their school life and thinking about starting work.

"We give lessons in interview skills, CV writing and offer mentoring and career advice.

"I think it's important for youngsters to know that there are people who are trying to help them and want them to succeed.

"The Prince has been our President for 27 years and he has been integral in making young people and career development our central aim."

His Royal Highness joined in with a literary support group and raced a mini wooden car that technology pupils had made for a worldwide Formula One competition.

Mrs Russell said: "The school has been performing very well of late and support from partners like the SBC has helped to raise pupil attainment, and last year we had our best exam results in ten years.

"Having His Royal Highness in the school was great for the pupils and he took a real interest in their studies.

"Hopefully he can inspire them to continue working hard."