T
he Visit of Prince Charles - 2021
 


To mark the 150th anniversary of the Duke of Sutherland's railway, Prince Charles, the Duke of Rothesay, visited Dunrobin Castle station on Sunday the 8th August 2021. The prince was greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Sutherland, Dr. Monica Main who presented the Earl of Sutherland to him.

The station platform was the location for a reception for the prince where he was introduced to representatives of the railway and Dunrobin castle, together with other guests. Daniel Brittain-Catlin, the honorary station master, gave the prince a tour of the station building and the museum held within.

After the tour, Price Charles unveiled two plaques; one commemorating  the 150th anniversary of the railway by the National Transport Trust, and the second, marking the occasion of his visit.

His Royal Highness then departed the station for a tour of the formal gardens of the castle. The prince was welcomed by the Earl of Sutherland and introduced to the head gardener, Iain Crisp. Prince Charles took a short walk with the Countess of Sutherland and was invited to take tea on the Coronation lawn.

Before departing the prince met local volunteers who have been helping their communities, over the last year and a half, during the lockdowns.

 

All photographs copyright John Baikie (johnbaikiephoto@gmail.com)

 The Lord Lieutenant of Sutherland, Dr. Monica Main, presents the Earl of Sutherland, owner of the Dunrobin estate.

The Prince is introduced to representatives of the railway and Dunrobin Castle.

The Prince is presented with a platform ticket by the Honorary Station Manager, Daniel Brittain-Catlin

The Prince shows interest in the 'Arts and Crafts' design of the station building.

Daniel shows the Prince around the Museum within the station building.

The Prince signs the visitors' book.

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The Prince unveils a plaque commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Duke of Sutherland's Railway

The Prince is presented with a 'goody bag' upon his departure.

 Prince Charles took a short walk in the castle grounds accompanied by the Countess of Sutherland together with the head gardener, Iain Crisp.

The Prince together with the Countess and Earl of Sutherland

The Prince chats with other visitors to the castle.

 

The Royal Visit was reported in The Northern Times