Charles and Camilla visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Their earlier visit has turned some excited heads.

Author: Callum McQuadePosted 4 hours ago
Last updated 4 hours ago

The Duchess of Cornwall fondled a model albatross as she and the Prince of Wales visited a museum celebrating its 120th anniversary.

They visited the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum which opened in 1901 for the Glasgow International Exhibition and in 1902 became the City’s Civic Art Gallery and Museum.

It reopened in 2006 after being closed for three years for renovation and has since welcomed more than 19 million visitors.

Charles and Camilla were greeted by Glasgow’s Lord Lieutenant Philip Braat when they arrived at the museum on Tuesday and were introduced to museum director Neil Ballantyne and museum and collections manager Duncan Dornan.

The couple, known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, met museum staff, members of the Cop26 team and members of the Cabinet Office Cop26 team.

They then took a tour of the museum, where they saw exhibits including the Christ of Saint John of the Cross painting by Salvador Dali and an exhibition on the memory of Srebrenica.

Charles then went to see the Charles Rennie Mackintosh section and met students from the Glasgow School of Art, of which he is a patron, while Camilla went to see the natural history collection.

She met some children from Hillhead Primary who held a model albatross with its wings outstretched to show the wingspan and patted it on the head.

The Duchess, in a silk feather dress by Fiona Clare, chatted with the children and watched them play a game, before moving on to a model of what a haggis might look like if it were of a real creature.

During the visit they also met two schoolchildren from Holyrood Secondary School in Glasgow, who thought they were coming to an event on Cop26.

Muhammad Sarim, 13, an S3 student, said: “We came to talk about Cop26 and climate change with Nicola Sturgeon but Prince Charles came so it was a bit of a surprise and really boosted our day .

“He was really interested in home learning and how our education unfolded. He was very personable.”

He added: “My mom won’t believe it but she will be so proud of me.”

Aaron Walsh, 17, who is in S6, said: “Camilla asked me about Glasgow and we talked about climate change, and Charles asked about education and where we are in our studies and on home learning. ”

Megan Gardner, Deputy Director, congratulated the boys, saying: “The boys came to talk about Cop26, but when we got there it was a different event so they met Prince Charles. They spoke incredibly well. ”

The museum and art gallery house around 8,000 objects in 22 themed galleries with exhibits including paintings, armor and a Spitfire suspended from the ceiling, and also hosts a variety of temporary exhibits.

Mr Dornan said: “Their Royal Highnesses were very interested in the collections. It is always a privilege to have a royal visit and we were very happy to welcome them.

“I think after such a difficult year it has been really very positive and a real boost for morale. ”

He added: “The museum has played an extremely important role in the lives of Glasgowians since it opened 120 years ago and is one of the most visited museums in the country.

“It’s really loved by the locals and it’s also a major tourist destination.”

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