The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton was given a very Scottish gift for Prince George as she visited the country on Thursday.
William, 31, and Kate, 32, were seen beaming as they accepted the present at MacRosty Park where they were greeted by crowds of adoring locals. The large cuddly toy came with its very own kilt, a piece of attire connected with the people of Scotland.
It will no doubt teach the couple’s 10-month-old son a thing or two about the particular area of the UK. George will also be getting a corgi soft toy in recognition on the breed of dogs that his great grandmother, the Queen loves so much.
Both royals waved to crowds and accepted various flags while greeting fans at the restored gardens, where they unveiled a plaque which recognises the park as a Field in Trust. On the rest of their itinerary for the day was an afternoon outing to Glenturret Distillery where they sampled a tipple from Famous Grouse whisky and mingled with local representatives of the community at a reception.
There they will have the chance to learn about the country’s national drink and bottled their own malt at Scotland’s oldest distillery, established in 1775. Finally the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the village of Forteviot to enjoy a fete. Based in the foothills of the Highlands, it was once the capital of Scotland but now the site of an archaeological dig.
John Dewar, Lord Forteviot and his wife Luisa Ramazzotti, will be accompanying the pair and Lady Georgina Bullough, the daughter of the Earl of Mansfield, is expected to make an appearance too. It was the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first joint public engagement since their royal tour of Australia and New Zealand.
The couple’s first stop was at the Strathearn Community Campus on Thursday morning. While in the area Prince William and Kate are known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn, and it’s the first time they have graced the region since they tied the knot in April 2011.