Published 22 June 2016
The Duchess of Rothesay visited Social Bite, a cafe in Edinburgh which feeds, trains and employs members of the homeless community.

Their Royal Highnesses spent day two of their Royal visit to Scotland in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Their Royal Highnesses began their day at separate engagements, The Duke beginning his day in Glasgow, where he opened a new Prince’s Trust youth and employment hub in the city. The new Wolfson Centre is set to become Scotland’s largest employment and enterprise hub, supporting more than 6,000 unemployed young people each year across Glasgow and Clyde Valley. 

The Duchess meanwhile began her day in Edinburgh at Social Bite, one of five cafes in Scotland that puts all profits towards social good in Scotland and overseas. The Duchess had the chance to meet employees and beneficiaries of the cafe, many of whom have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives.

Next stop for The Duchess was Winton Gardens to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the charity, Scotland Gardens. The charity raises funds for other deserving charities by opening up Scottish gardens -- of horticultural interest -- to the public. Over 200 charities have so far benefitted from the £8.7 million raised by Scottish Gardens since it launched 85 years ago.

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay then reunited to spend the rest of their afternoon at Dumfries House. The House was saved from a state of disrepair by The Duke in 2007 and now operates as a hub for the local community. While at Dumfries House, The Duke and Duchess attended a Future Textiles Sewing Bee Challenge, hosted by judges Patrick Grant and Victoria Stapleton from BBC 2’s “The Great British Sewing Bee”. The challenge invites ten local schools to compete in a ‘Dress in a Day Challenge’, to make a dress to a professional standard in a short time frame. The Duke supports the Future Textiles programme which encourages the younger generation to take up the traditional skills of sewing and textile work.

Their Royal Highnesses were then joined by school children from Sorn Primary School to help them open the new Dumfries House maze. The new attraction was suggested by The Duke to give young children something new to explore in his Dumfries House garden. 

The last engagement of the day for Their Royal Highnesses was the annual Dumfries House Dog Show. After seeing the wide variety of dogs regularly walked on the Dumfries House estate, His Royal Highness decided to launch the annual dog show to celebrate the many variety of breeds in the local area. The Duke and Duchess enjoyed watching a range of different handling categories, from best condition to best fancy dress! 

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