Today Meghan Markle and husband-to-be Prince Harry will make their first joint visit to Scotland, attending engagements at Edinburgh Castle, Social Bite – a homelessness enterprise – and a reception celebrating youth achievement to mark ‘Scottish Year of Young People,’ which will be held at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Despite a rainy forecast, large crowds are expected outside Edinburgh Castle, where the couple will be met by Lord Lieutenant Frank Ross who will accompany them for the firing of the One O’Clock Gun. We will also see the couple greeted by the Scotland Band of the Royal Marines, of which Prince Harry is Colonel-in-Chief.
“All eyes will be on Edinburgh as Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle carry out their first official engagement north of the border. I am delighted that they have chosen Edinburgh for their visit and no matter the weather, I am sure citizens will provide them with the warmest of Scottish welcomes.
This is a unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of the couple ahead of their wedding in May, and of course, to wish them a happy first Valentine’s Day as an engaged couple. What better city to visit at this time of year than Edinburgh? But the visit is also a fantastic opportunity for us to promote the history and breath-taking views of the city’s ancient Castle, highlight the inspiring work being undertaken by Josh Littlejohn and his fantastic team at Social Bite, and celebrate Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018.
As Lord Lieutenant, part of my role is to welcome members of the Royal Family to our Capital City and I’m particularly pleased that this visit falls during the school holidays, allowing people of all ages the opportunity to be part of it. I’m sure we can expect large crowds to make their way to the ramparts for what will be the latest in a centuries-long line of special Royal events at Edinburgh Castle.” — Lord Lieutenant Frank Ross
I suspect we will see Meghan pay homage to at least one iconic Scottish brand; perhaps Pringle of Scotland, some classic cashmere from The House of Bruar or maybe some knitwear from Brora.
It will be a midday start for the couple and we will be covering the event live, so make sure you check back here for all the pictures, videos and fashion details.