Today, the Earl and Countess of Strathearn – also known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – attended a series of events in Strathearn. The locality of Strathearn is in the county of Perth and Kinross. They will attend four events throughout the day.
The first event of the day took place at the Strathearn Community Campus in Crieff. The Strathearn Community Campus is a part of the Crieff High School network of resources, and includes indoor and outdoor sporting facilities and a community library. The campus is a local hub for students, families, clubs, and organizations in the area. The campus boasts a swimming pool, dance studio, pitches for football (soccer), rugby, and hockey among the various sporting facilities.
The Earl and Countess of Strathearn met with groups of young people, including Scotland’s Air Ambulance corps and the local Girl Scout troops. Their Royal Highnesses arrived just after 10:0 a.m. local time and were quickly greeted by a gaggle of youngsters.
Heidi Whitelock from Crieff got a chance to meet with the Earl of Strathearn on a quick walkabout. “I asked him about George. I said ‘George is beautiful and how is he doing?’. He said ‘Thanks, he’s very well, he’s growing and he’s a very good boy’.I said how beautiful Kate is and he said ‘yes, she is’.”
After meeting with sports teams, Brownie troops, men and kilts, and other locals and community members, William and Catherine moved on to MacRosty Park to dedicate the newly restored MacRosty Park as a Field in Trust.
The park first opened in 1902 and has served the local community for over 100 years. In 2013, the park successfully designated the Queen Elizabeth II Field to mark the Diamond Jubilee. Recently, the local council worked with the Friends of MacRosty Park charity to fund a long-term regeneration project. Today, the park is an award-winning green space.
The Earl and Countess of Strathearn went on a lovely walkabout to meet as many locals as possible. Kate was delighted to receive a giant teddy bear with a Strathearn tartan kilt on!
The third event of the day took William and Kate to the Famous Grouse Distillery. The distillery is Scotland’s oldest working distillery, originally called the Glenturret Distillery. It was established in 1775 as a single malt distillery and still produces whiskey today.
William and Kate toured the facilities which are located in a “hidden valley.” The secluded location was chosen as the original site for the illicit distillery that began in 1717 and was used to avoid smugglers during tough historical times.
Today, the distillery is completely legal and a huge tourist attraction for the area. Their Royal Highnesses toured the production facilities and saw how the Famous Grouse whiskey is made.
They had the opportunity to sample some whiskies from the distillery. William chose a dark amber whiskey called “Alpha Black” while Kate chose the “Snow” whiskey, which she laughed and said was “the girly one.” Later, they attended a reception with local communities members.
William and Catherine then made their way to the famed Gleneagles Hotel & Spa, where they unveiled a plaque to commemorate their 90th anniversary.
For their final event, the Earl and Countess of Strathearn will visit Forteviot, a little village in the area. Forteviot features a picturesque town square with little cottages, shops, and lawns. Their Royal Highnesses visited the Forteviot Fete, a small fair in the central square.
William and Kate viewed various stands featuring local Strathearn wares and met with community members. They popped into the nearby chapel and village hall before meeting with local children.
The Countess wore a coat by Scottish-born designer Jonathan Saunders and dress by London-based brand Goat. The red striped alpaca and mohair coat is from Jonathan Saunders Fall/Winter 2013 season.
She accessorized with her LK Bennett Sledge pumps and Avona clutch. For jewelry, she wore her Kiki McDonough citrine drop earrings and a celtic detail brooch. The brooch was a new piece for Kate. It is said to have been a wedding gift.