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TRH in Scotland: Day One

23rd June 2015

The Duke of Rothesay attends an event to mark National Women in Engineering Day at Selex ES in Edinburgh

The Duke of Rothesay attends an event to mark National Women in Engineering Day at Selex ES in Edinburgh

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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall began their four-day visit to Scotland today.

The Prince, known as The Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland, began by visiting major engineering firm Finmeccanica-Selex ES to mark National Women in Engineering Day.

His Royal Highness met groups of primary school children taking part in a range of engineering activities and chatted to 11 and 12-year-olds from Craigroyston, Pirniehill and Forthview primary schools as they made paper rockets, decorative circuit boards and the robotic chariots.

Meeting leading female engineers in the company Carol Marsh, Naomi Mitchison and Beatrice Nicholas, The Prince was told about Selex ES's research initiative which is to provide viable evidence of the effect that fun and informal games and activities can have on girls' educational outcomes.

Ms Mitchison, the Institution of Engineering and Technology's Young Woman Engineer of the Year, said: "It's vital that more women are encouraged into engineering as there's a massive shortfall in the number of engineers needed, so why wouldn't we want to attract as many people into engineering as possible?

"It is fantastic that more is being done to encourage girls at ever younger ages to consider it as a career, and that the industry as a whole is being supported by Prince Charles."

 

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay during a visit to the Farm to Fork food and drink festival in St Andrew Square in Edinburgh

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay during a visit to the Farm to Fork food and drink festival in St Andrew Square in Edinburgh

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The Duchess of Cornwall, known as The Duchess of Rothesay when in Scotland, then joined The Prince for a visit to the food and drink festival at St Andrew Square to mark 15 years of farmers' markets in the city.

Their Royal Highnesses were given a tour of the Farm to Fork event which celebrates locally produced food and drink. The farmers' market is held every Saturday on Castle Terrace, with everything on sale baked, brewed, pickled, raised or grown by the stallholders themselves. 

The Duchess then visited the seaside area of Portobello where Her Royal Highness viewed staff at community bakery Breadshare making products using organic ingredients that are sold at affordable prices.

Breadshare was started in 2011 as a not-for-profit social enterprise in the Scottish Borders. Since then, bakery production has increased from 200 organic loaves a week to over 2,500.

Her Royal Highness also visited the Beach House Cafe and Portobello Sailing and Kayaking Club. The visit marks the contribution made by the club in the revitalisation of the promenade over the last six years.

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