Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall wear tartan in Aberdeen

Together in tartan! Prince Charles and Camilla are in high spirits as they open the redeveloped Aberdeen Art Gallery

  • Charles visited the Aberdeen Art Gallery during trip to Scotland with Camilla 
  • Royals, known as Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, both donned tartan
  • Appeared in high spirits as they arrived at the event and spoke to local children
  • Between 2015 and 2019 the Art Gallery underwent a landmark  redevelopment 

Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall both sported full tartan outfits today as they officially opened the redeveloped Aberdeen Art Gallery. 

Prince Charles, 72 and Camilla, 74, who are known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay when in Scotland, looked to be in jovial spirits as they gazed around the one of the finest collections of art in the UK.

Charles sported a navy blue kilt while Camilla opted for grey and red tartan outfit for the occasion.

The Aberdeen Art Gallery underwent a landmark transformation between 2015 and 2019 and re-opened after being closed for five months during lockdown in Aug 2020. 

Camilla appeared in high spirits and beamed as she clutched onto a bouquet gifted to her by a royal fan outside the Aberdeen art gallery 

Charles and Camilla looked dashing in tartan on their visit to Aberdeen Art Gallery today

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall both sported full tartan today as they officially opened the redeveloped Aberdeen Art Gallery

During the visit Camilla met local school children who have taken part in the ‘Art Chat’ project, which sees young people examine different pieces of art, take part in optional activities and share thoughts about the work

The couple shared a light-hearted moment as they adjusted their masks during the outing

Today the Duke and Duchess officially opened the gallery, which is hosting the British Art Show until next month, and last year won the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2020, the most prestigious museum prize in the world. 

The British Art Show will mark the launch of the national tour for this ambitious exhibition of contemporary art, which takes place across the UK every five years. 

Spanning over 700 years, the collection at the gallery includes works by nationally and internationally-acclaimed artists including Barbara Hepworth, Francis Bacon, Tracey Emin and Claude Monet. 

During the visit Camilla met pupils of Hanover Street Primary School who have taken part in the ‘Art Chat’ project.  

The Duke and Duchess also unveiled a sword to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the granting of the Freedom Lands to Aberdeen, which were gifted by King Robert the Bruce in 1319

The couple looked to be in jovial spirits as they gazed around the one of the finest collections of art in the UK 


The Prince of Wales, who is known as the Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland, was seen taking a tour of the gallery at the redeveloped art gallery 

The royals unveiled a plaque to officially open the redeveloped Aberdeen Art Gallery this afternoon

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were presented with a replica of the sword of Robert the Bruce during a visit to the redeveloped Aberdeen Art Gallery

During the visit, the couple met with members of staff working at the gallery as they toured the redeveloped site  

The project sees young people examine different pieces of art on display at the museum before taking part in optional activities and sharing their thoughts about the work. 

The Duke and Duchess also unveiled a sword to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the granting of the Freedom Lands to Aberdeen, which were gifted  by King Robert the Bruce in 1319. 

During the trip the couple  toured the galleries and met with staff and members of the team who were involved in the landmark redevelopment. 

The redevelopment was primarily funded by Aberdeen City Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with financial support from other organisations.   

Prince Charles and Camilla both sported patterned face masks for the afternoon of engagements in Aberdeen

Camilla beamed as she adjusted her mask. Face coverings are still required inside public spaces in Scotland

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arriving to open the redeveloped Aberdeen Art Gallery today

The exhibits toured by Charles included the Balmoral Phenomenon gallery featuring clothing belonging to Queen Victoria and the former editor of Harper’s Bazaar Frances Farquharson. 

The Duke and Duchess were accompanied on their visit by the Lord-Lieutenant of Aberdeen City Barney Crockett. 

Their visit comes ahead BBC documentary, Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, which airs tomorrow and sees Charles recall the warm relationship he had with his late father.  

In an unusual show of unity, senior members of the Royal Family have come together to share memories of the Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the age of 99 in April.

In a sneak preview clip, shared by Clarence House last week, Philip, a young Charles and Princess Anne can be seen riding bicycles as their aunt, Princess Margaret, chases after them. 

Charles says of his late father: ‘He was marvellous at arranging silly games. I mean, the fun of having obviously young parents was… there were lots of chasing around and mad things.’  

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