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16 Jun 2021

A royal message in our summer magazine

Black and white photo of five people on St Kilda, including Prince Charles.
HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay on his visit to St Kilda in 1971
We are delighted and honoured that our Patron, HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, has written the welcome letter for our summer members’ magazine, as part of celebrations to mark the Trust’s 90th birthday.

Members can read the full letter on pages 2–3 of the magazine, which will arrive with them from 14 June.

The Duke of Rothesay has been the Trust’s patron since 2003 and takes a close interest in our conservation work across Scotland.

He re-opened Craigievar Castle in Aberdeenshire in 2010, following the completion of a pioneering project to reharl the famous pink castle in traditional materials. In his welcome letter, he explains that Craigievar is a place with special significance for him.

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay sit at a polished wooden table. A large book is spread out on top of the table. Prince Charles is signing a visitor book.
HRH Duke and Duchess of Rothesay at Craigievar Castle, 2010

His Royal Highness writes: ‘We who love Scotland will all have our personal list of places which have a special meaning for us. In my case, I think of Craigievar Castle, with its fascinating symmetry and its beguiling colour.’ He goes on to recall his sailing trips around Scotland’s west coast and in particular his experiences of St Kilda, which he visited in 1971.

The letter closes with a thank you to our members: ‘You, as members and supporters of the Trust, should be rightly proud of what you have enabled this charity to do for Scotland and for all who love this land.

We couldn’t agree more.

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