Edward, Earl of Wessex is visiting Stornoway today in his capacity as Lord High Commissioner, HM The Queen’s representative to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
It is customary for the Lord High Commissioner to undertake visits to organisations and bodies representing different aspects of Scottish life and this year, in addition to Lewis and Barra, the week-long programme will also include visits to Dumfries and Galloway and Moray and Banffshire.
The Earl and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, will also undertake engagements in Edinburgh.
They will fly into Stornoway Airport by helicopter and during the visit to Stornoway, starting at 10,30am, The Earl and Countess will visit the Town Hall where they will meet participants and volunteers of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, of which The Earl is a Trustee, as well as visiting the Harris Tweed Authority – where they will stamp some Harris Tweed -and meeting representatives of the Stornoway Historical Society, and the Stornoway Learning Shop.
Then they will walk up Francis Street and will officially open The Shed, the newly completed youth and family community centre at the back of Martin’s Memorial Church.
Later the local Army and Air Cadets will form a guard of honour to welcome the Royal couple to their last engagement in Stornoway at the Drill Hall where they will meet representatives of the Western Isles Guiding and Brownies, the Scouts, Beavers and Cubs, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Royal National Mission for Deep Sea Fishermen, RAFA, and the Stornoway Branch of the British Legion.
The Royal Couple depart for airport at 13.30.