Gaelic serenade for Charles and Camilla on a visit to a Scottish island

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were rocked to a Gaelic song during a visit to Skye.

The royal couple, known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, were visiting the island for the first time since 2009.

They visited the island capital of Portree on Thursday, where they heard a performance by famous Gaelic singer Robert Robertson, the frontman of folk-rock group Tide Lines, against the backdrop of Ben Tianavaig.

Robert Robertson speaks to royal visitors (William Urquhart / PA)

Gold medalist at the first Gaelic cultural event, the Royal National Mod, he sang two songs in the language.

He said: “It wasn’t scary, the Duke and Duchess have a very down to earth way of them. And because they attended the Royal National Mod, they have a real interest in that, and in Gaelic.

“It was just like a really nice conversation, and it was a real pleasure.”

The man from Lochaber added: “One of the songs actually describes the sight of the Western Isles in Skye and the sight of the Cuillin Hills and the mist. I thought that would be a good story to tell.

The couple ate local fish and chips (William Urquhart / PA)
The couple ate local fish and chips (William Urquhart / PA)

After the performance, Charles and Camilla enjoyed fish suppers in the harbor of Portree fisherman’s shop, Dan Corrgiall.

They were greeted by Lord Lieutenant Joanie Whiteford at the start of their visit and took a city tour as they got a glimpse of how the community is moving away from the pandemic.

The tour started at Skyeskyns, where the Duke and Duchess were introduced to Scotland’s only commercial wool tanner and received a sheepskin gift from the company’s founding director, Lydia Hartwell.

Their next stop was the OR Design Boutique, where they were greeted by owner Jen Pearson, husband Andy Tait and their 10 week old baby, Laurie.

They were directed to the main town square (William Urquhart / PA)
They were directed to the main town square (William Urquhart / PA)

Ms Pearson, whose company received a loan from the Prince’s Trust, thanked the Duke for his support. The royal couple received a sand vase from Talisker beach on the island and a pair of coral earrings.

Ms Pearson said: “They were both very nice and relaxed and asked how the business was doing, Charles asked about the different designers we worked with and joked that he might have a work to get the Duchess out of the store. “

Charles and Camilla were led to Somerled Square in Portree by Isle of Skye Pipe Band Drum Major Peter MacDonald and award-winning young piper Archie MacLean as they greeted a crowd of supporters from Scotland, the Kingdom – United and elsewhere.

Other stops include The Isle of Skye Soap Company, where owner Fiona Meiklejohn donated two soap boxes, and the Isle of Skye Distillers Gin School, where Charles tasted raspberry gin and spoke to the co-owners. and brothers Alistair and Thomas Wilson.

They ended their tour at the pier where they spoke with local counselors and first responders who played a vital role during the pandemic, before chatting with members of the Portree RNLI crew, who responded to 90 calls this year.

Charles and Camilla at Dunvegan Castle (Dunvegan Castle / PA)
Charles and Camilla at Dunvegan Castle (Dunvegan Castle / PA)

The royal couple then headed to the northwest of the island for a meeting with Clan Chief MacLeod at Dunvegan Castle, the clan’s ancestral home for 800 years.

Visitors were shown the improvements to the historic site since Hugh MacLeod took over management of the MacLeod Estate in 2008.

He said: “It was a great pleasure to welcome their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, to Dunvegan Castle and Gardens, and to have the opportunity to show them the fruits of all the hard work. estate staff and our dedicated team. external subcontractors have set up over the past 13 years.

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