Prince Charles dons a traditional tartan kilt and sporran as he visits Dunrobin Castle


Prince Charles donned his finest Scottish garb as he made a visit to Dunrobin Castle yesterday. 

Sporting the family kilt in a green and red tartan – along with a brown leather sporran – The Prince of Wales, or the Duke of Rothesay as he’s officially known while north of the border looked on fine form as he made the trip to the historic stronghold, which is the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses.

The heir to the throne, 72, also visited Dunrobin Castle Station, where he marked the 150th anniversary of the Duke of Sutherland’s Railway by unveiling a plaque.

The Prince of Wales (pictured), or the Duke of Rothesay as he's officially known while north of the border, donned his finest Scottish garb as he made a visit to Dunrobin Castle yesterday

The Prince of Wales (pictured), or the Duke of Rothesay as he’s officially known while north of the border, donned his finest Scottish garb as he made a visit to Dunrobin Castle yesterday

Sporting the family kilt in a green and red tartan - along with a brown leather sporran - Charles (pictured), 72, looked on fine form as he made the trip to the historic stronghold, which is the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses

Sporting the family kilt in a green and red tartan – along with a brown leather sporran – Charles (pictured), 72, looked on fine form as he made the trip to the historic stronghold, which is the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses

A collection of images from the trip were posted to the prince’s Instagram account, with the caption explaining: ‘Dunrobin Castle is on the east coast of the Northern Highlands overlooking the Moray Firth. 

‘It’s one of Britain’s oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 1300s, home to the Earls and later, the Dukes of Sutherland.’ 

Wearing a kilt in Rothesay tartan, the Prince of Wales toured the castle’s grounds during his visit.  

He was welcomed by The Earl of Sutherland and introduced to Iain Crisp, head gardener for Dunrobin Castle, while taking a short walk around the gardens alongside the Countess of Sutherland.

Wearing a kilt in Rothesay tartan, the Prince of Wales toured the castle's grounds during his visit

Wearing a kilt in Rothesay tartan, the Prince of Wales toured the castle’s grounds during his visit

The Duke of Rothesay during a visit to Dunrobin Station and Castle.  Charles was welcomed by The Earl of Sutherland and introduced to Iain Crisp, head gardener for Dunrobin Castle, while taking a short walk around the gardens alongside the Countess of Sutherland

The Duke of Rothesay during a visit to Dunrobin Station and Castle.  Charles was welcomed by The Earl of Sutherland and introduced to Iain Crisp, head gardener for Dunrobin Castle, while taking a short walk around the gardens alongside the Countess of Sutherland

The heir to the throne (pictured, front) also visited Dunrobin Castle Station, where he marked the 150th anniversary of the Duke of Sutherland's Railway by unveiling a plaque

The heir to the throne (pictured, front) also visited Dunrobin Castle Station, where he marked the 150th anniversary of the Duke of Sutherland’s Railway by unveiling a plaque

Then, while at the station, the prince was given a tour by honorary station master Daniel Brittain-Catlin, according to the Northern Times.

Charles also met representatives of the railway industry and the neighbouring castle during a reception held on the station’s platform.

The heir to the throne’s visit came as the Queen was officially welcomed to Balmoral Castle today, with a small ceremony outside the Castle gates marking the start of Her Majesty’s stay, which typically ends in early October. 

Over the coming weeks she is expected to host family members including Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. 

It marks the Queen’s first summer holiday at her Scottish estate since the death of the Duke of Edinburgh in April, at the age of 99. 

Duke of Rothesay donned a kilt for a visit to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of a unique stretch of railway in Scotlan

Duke of Rothesay donned a kilt for a visit to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of a unique stretch of railway in Scotlan

Charles also met representatives of the railway industry and the neighbouring castle during a reception held on the station’s platform

Charles also met representatives of the railway industry and the neighbouring castle during a reception held on the station’s platform

Charles looked delighted during his tour of Dunrobin Station and Castle yesterday

Charles looked delighted during his tour of Dunrobin Station and Castle yesterday

A collection of images (pictured) from the trip were posted to the prince's Instagram account, with the caption explaining: 'Dunrobin Castle is on the east coast of the Northern Highlands overlooking the Moray Firth

A collection of images (pictured) from the trip were posted to the prince’s Instagram account, with the caption explaining: ‘Dunrobin Castle is on the east coast of the Northern Highlands overlooking the Moray Firth

The Queen was greeted by a Guard of Honour formed of the 5 SCOTS, Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, under the Command of Major Cameron Law. The Queen is Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

She brought a splash of colour to proceedings in a pleated floral dress, pink tweed coat and matching pink hat with floral detailing at the brim. 

The Queen accessorised with a simple three-strand pearl necklace, a pair of white gloves, and her favourite black leather loafers and patent handbag. 

Her Majesty, who is Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, wore the cap badge as a pin.

This is the first time the welcome ceremony has taken place since 2019. In line with government guidelines, the ceremony did not take place last year. It coincides with the easing of the majority of lockdown restrictions in Scotland.



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