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TRH in Scotland: Day Two

24th June 2015

The Duke of Rothesay and Liz Davidson look at a lantern which was recovered from the fire at the Glasgow School of Art

The Duke of Rothesay and Liz Davidson look at a lantern which was recovered from the fire at the Glasgow School of Art

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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall continued their four-day visit to Scotland today with engagements in Glasgow and at Dumfries House.  

His Royal Highness, known as The Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland, began the day with a visit to the Glasgow School of Art. The school was significantly damaged during a fire in May 2014 and is currently undergoing a restoration project.  The Prince saw the damage and viewed the plans to restore the famous building, which was designed and built more than a century ago.

GSA director Professor Tom Inns and Muriel Gray, chair of the board of governors, took the Prince to former studios destroyed in the east wing of the building, and he was shown an original lantern from the Mackintosh chandelier that was recovered in excavation work after the fire. His Royal Highness has been Patron of the Glasgow School of Art since July 2001. 

Their Royal Highnesses then visited the Clutha Bar, the site of the November 2013 helicopter crash in which ten people lost their lives. The restored bar is expected to reopen within weeks.

During the visit The Prince and The Duchess signed a ukulele to be auctioned to raise funds for the Clutha Trust, a charity working to support young people, and the Prince's Trust.

 

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay during a visit to the refurbished Clutha Bar in Glasgow

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay during a visit to the refurbished Clutha Bar in Glasgow

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The Prince of Wales later visited the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank to officially open a new innovation centre.

Before switching on a sign and unveiling a plaque, The Prince met staff and patients in the rest of the hospital. Many doctors, nurses and patients lined the hospital's corridors to welcome him.

His Royal Highness also met artist Brian Keeley, a heart transplant patient at the hospital, who has created an exhibition of the work he did while in intensive care.

Mr Keeley was admitted in 2013 and married his wife in the intensive care unit as his chances of a successful transplant faded, but he made a full recovery and has now painted every member of staff who helped him during his time at the Golden Jubilee.

His Royal Highness was shown the work and Mr Keeley said: "It was great to meet him, he took an interest in the paintings, particularly the one of myself with a pint of Guinness in my hospital bed four weeks after my operation.

Meanwhile, The Duchess visited a credit union fair at the Trades Hall of Glasgow, where she met the members, savers and staff of initiatives including Future Savers, a council project that signs school pupils up to their local credit union with a £10 deposit.

Day two of the royal visit to Scotland ended with a dog show at Dumfries House in Ayrshire.

The event was held at the 18th-century stately home and estate for the first time. undreds of pets and their owners turned out for the dog show, from the tiniest Chihuahua to a giant Irish Wolfhound.

The Duchess, who adopted Beth and her companion Bluebell from Battersea Dogs Home several years ago, joined The Prince on a tour of the stalls and patted dozens of dogs.

The Duchess was also given the job of selecting the best in show from the rosette winners of the individual rounds. The trophy went to cocker spaniel Gwen and was picked up by four-year-old Beatrice Wallace, from Cumnock.

Her mother, Sally, 38, said: "We live nearby and it wasn't raining so we just decided to come along.

"It's our first time at a show. I've got three dogs and I decided to take Gwen to socialise her with other dogs. We are delighted."

 

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