The Duke of Rothesay kicked off day three of Their Royal Highnesses official visit to Scotland at a piping workshop for local school children held at Dumfries House. The Duke is Patron of the National Piping Centre who run workshops for people of all ages; their youngest pupil is just three-years-old.
While at Dumfries House, His Royal Highness took the chance to have a walkabout on the estate to see how some of his most recent projects are doing. HRH plays a central role in all of the developments that take place at Dumfries House -- from matters in the garden to educational programmes taking place in the house and always uses the opportunity of visiting to take a walk about the estate.
Finally, The Duke attended the launch of the partnership between the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Dumfries House. The RCS is one of the most multi-disciplinary conservatoires in the world, offering intensive teaching in music, drama, dance and film. This new partnership with Dumfries House will deliver a ground-breaking arts engagement and education programmes to young people in the area.
Ahead of his trip, The Duke said:
When I acquired Dumfries House for the Nation nine years ago, it was my sincere hope that not only would we restore the magnificent house and its unique contents for future generations to enjoy, but it would also act as a catalyst to regenerate this part of Scotland and provide education, skills and training for local people."
"I now have the pleasure of seeing another of my patronages, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, join in partnership with Dumfries House to create an artistic hub for the young people of Ayrshire. The Arts are integral to the education of our young people; they broaden our horizons and our humanity and allow people to transcend their boundaries and connect with one another. I am delighted to see these two historic establishments join in a new partnership which will inspire and enable the young performing artists of Ayrshire to reach their full potential.