Prince William has a new role north of the (English) border.
William – or the Earl of Strathearn as he is titled in Scotland – has become patron of the Thin Red Line Appeal, which is working to secure the future of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum.
The project will enhance one of Scotland’s key heritage sites and educate future generations on the role played by the soldiers of one of Scotland’s great Highland Regiments over the last 220 years.
The museum is based in the magnificent Stirling Castle, which was the Royal Palace of the Stuart Kings, and has been the home of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders since 1881. Over the years, regimental paintings, medals, silver, uniform and documents have been collected there.
William now has around 30 charities and other organizations that he is associated with, including Tusk Trust, Centrepoint and Skillforce, while the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry is the main charitable vehicle for the trio.
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Launching his new patronage, William will pay a visit on Monday, touring the museum and meeting children from Queen Victoria School, Dunblane, members of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Battalion Army Cadet Force and Argyll Veterans as well as serving members of Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.
Brigadier Bruce Russell, the Chairman of the Museum Trust said, “I am delighted that The Duke of Cambridge, The Earl of Strathearn, has given his support and encouragement to this appeal, designed to safeguard the memory of a unique part of the British Army and of the nation’s proud military and cultural heritage.”