Visit by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to Glasgow Airport to Mark its 50th Anniversary on 8 July 2016

HRH The Princess Royal visited Glasgow Airport on July 8 2016 almost 50 years to the day Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the Airport in 1956. On her arrival Her Royal Highness heard a musical performance by the Royal Marine Band at the International Arrivals area, where she was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Renfrewshire, Mr Guy Clark, and Glasgow Airport’s Managing Director Amanda McMillan OBE.

During an extensive tour of the main Airport Terminal, The Princess Royal met various dignitaries, guests and members of staff as well as previous employees who had worked at the Airport when it first opened including Mr John Clow the Air Traffic Controller on its first day of operations in 1966.

Representatives of local community groups and charities which have benefitted from Glasgow Airport’s Flightpath Fund, including Drumchapel Table Tennis Club and Paisley Thread Mill, as well as the Chair and representatives of Glasgow Airport’s Flightpath Fund Committee were amongst many presented to The Princess Royal. Others presented included representatives of Glasgow Airport’s Consultative and Airline Operating Committees, Check-in Staff, the Passenger Special Assistance Team and those involved in security.

Members of the Glasgow Philharmonic Choir performed a version of ‘Caledonia’ and The Princess Royal heard an accordion piece specially composed for the Anniversary ‘Glasgow Airport – 50 Golden Years’ and met the composer, Mr John Burns, before unveiling a special plaque to mark the Anniversary. The tour culminated in a visit to the Airfield Operations Tower to hear about operational issues coordinated there, meet those working there and view a low-level flypast by two Royal Air Force Hawk jets.






Visit by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to Paisley Abbey and the University of the West of Scotland on 12 February 2016

Paisley Abbey

On 12 February 2016 HRH The Princess Royal attended a Service at Paisley Abbey to mark the 700th Anniversary of the Birth of King Robert II, the first Stewart Monarch, in the Abbey. During the Service a dramatic presentation on the events surrounding the birth of the King in 1316 was performed by youth theatre PACE. Following the Service, escorted by The Reverend Alan Birss, Minister at Paisley Abbey, Her Royal Highness viewed the Tomb of King Robert III and plaques commemorating where King Robert II’s Father, Walter Stewart, and High Stewards of Scotland are buried in the Abbey.

The Princess Royal also met a number of those attending and involved with the Service, including the Abbey’s Director of Music, Abbey Officials, and representatives of the Society of Friends of Paisley Abbey. Community representatives, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire and local Deputy Lieutenants were amongst others presented to her. Having unveiled a commemorative plaque and received flowers presented by young chorister Miss Amy Spearing and Mr Finlay McIntosh of the Abbey Sunday School, on leaving the Abbey, Her Royal Highness walked through a Guard of Honour of Scouts and Explorer Scouts from the Paisley Abbey Scout Group and uniformed representatives of St Andrew’s Ambulance Association.





University of the West of Scotland

Later that day, Her Royal Highness also officially opened the University of the West of Scotland’s (UWS’s) flexible new learning space, the ‘Atrium’ at the University’s Paisley Campus, its new, technology-rich and flexible learning area. During an extensive tour of the Campus, escorted by the Lord-Lieutenant and Professor Craig Mahoney, UWS Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Her Royal Highness viewed a range of new developments forming part of the University’s ongoing Campus redevelopment programme. Professor Mahoney said he was absolutely delighted and hugely honoured that HRH The Princess Royal officially opened the new Atrium.

Areas visited included the University’s Library and Learning Resource Centre; the Interactive Learning Studio; an open plan Research, Enterprise and Engagement Zone accessible to students, academics and commercial partners; and the Studio of Professor Alexander Stoddart, HM Sculptor in Ordinary in Scotland, based at the Paisley Campus.

Amongst those presented to Her Royal Highness were the University’s Chancellor The Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini DBE, Dr Waiyin Hatton, Chair of the University’s Court, Mr Jack Douglas, President of the UWS Student Association and Mrs Susan Mitchell, Chief Operating Officer who outlined developments at the Campus. The Princess Royal also met many senior academic staff and students, including some participating in a seminar on innovative approaches to enhancing the employability of higher education students, four student apprentices in Professor Stoddart’s Studio, and Mrs Donna McMillan, Director of Corporate Support, who presented a number of her colleagues to Her Royal Highness.

At the end of the visit, The Princess Royal unveiled a plaque to mark the formal opening of the Atrium and received a bronze sculpture of Coila by Professor Alexander Stoddart.




Visit by His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex to Eastwood High School, East Renfrewshire on 23 November 2015

Staff and pupils at Eastwood High School, Newton Mearns and some of those involved with the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Scheme locally were delighted to welcome HRH The Earl of Wessex to the School on 23 November 2015. Escorted by the Lord-Lieutenant and Mr Stuart Maxwell, Head Teacher, His Royal Highness toured the school during which he watched pupils rehearsing a play in the Drama Studio, saw art and design work of pupils studying for their Advanced Higher qualification and met the Head Girl and Head Boy.

The Earl of Wessex also spent time with other pupils, staff and local DoE participants who spoke to him about activities they are involved in and their experiences of the Award. His Royal Highness heard first-hand from young people who were set to complete a DoE Gold Expedition in 2016 by climbing North Africa's highest mountain, Mount Toubkal.

During the morning The Earl of Wessex also presented DofE Gold Award badges and Silver Award badges and certificates to a number of pupils who had been supported to gain their Awards by East Renfrewshire Council’s Young Person's Services Team.

East Renfrewshire’s Convener for Education and Equalities, Councillor Elaine Green, said that the School was delighted to welcome His Royal Highness, and show him around. The Convener for Community Services and Community Safety, Councillor Mary Montague, also highlighted that each DofE Award gained marked a wonderful achievement.




Visit by HRH The Princess Royal to Barrhead Foundry, Barrhead, East Renfrewshire on 19 May 2015

HRH The Princess Royal officially opened the new Barrhead Foundry, East Renfrewshire on 19 May 2015. During her visit she spent time with Barrhead school children, met local people who use the Foundry for sport and leisure and talked to business owners who also use its business zone areas.

Having been received by Mr Guy Clark, Lord-Lieutenant for Renfrewshire, he and Mrs Lorraine McMillan, Chief Executive, East Renfrewshire Council, escorted HRH as she toured various parts of the facility, including its new library and various sports facilities. HRH met not only local politicians, senior managers and others responsible for the development, construction and management of the project and facilities, but also some of those involved in other local regeneration initiatives. The Venue Manager, Senior Community Learning and Development Worker, students, local school pupils and the Barrhead Foundry Team Leader were amongst those presented to The Princess Royal. HRH also met Mr David Bell who had suggested the name given to the building.

At the conclusion of the visit, following the unveiling of a plaque, Miss Lauren Cosgrove (Age 9), East Renfrewshire Citizen of the Year 2014, presented HRH with flowers.


HRH Earl of Wessex Visits St Vincent’s Hospice and On-X Linwood Sport and Community Centre on 31 July 2014

St Vincent’s Hospice

Local patients at St Vincent’s Hospice were delighted to receive a visit from HRH The Earl of Wessex at the end of July when he was visiting Glasgow in his capacity as President of the Commonwealth Games Federation. Escorted by the Lord-Lieutenant and the Chief Executive of the Hospice, Kate Lennon, he toured the building and spoke to many patients, families, volunteers and staff. Kate Lennon said “it was wonderful to have The Earl of Wessex visit us here at St Vincent’s Hospice. He spent time with patients and families talking about how our care services have benefitted them”.

His Royal Highness commented on the contribution made by the Hospice’s many volunteers, without whom the Hospice could not operate. He also met long-serving staff and acknowledged the level of care and professionalism which patients and families receive. During his visit His Royal Highness had tea with day hospice patients, met a young person who receives bereavement counselling and spent time at the bedside of an in-patient.




On-X Linwood Sport and Community Centre

Later that day, His Royal Highness also visited the On-X Linwood Sport and Community Centre when he spent an hour and a half talking to people who use the sport and leisure facilities there and the associated Milldale Learning Disability Centre which is a key part of the support Renfrewshire Council provides for adults with learning disabilities. Provost Anne Hall of Renfrewshire Council said “We are delighted and honoured to welcome His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex to the Centre”.

At the Milldale Learning Disability Centre he met senior managers, those working there and some of those who use the facilities, such as computer and art & craft facilities. During his visit, His Royal Highness also had an opportunity to see and hear about a wide range of facilities offered at the Sports Centre to support athletes and nurture future competitors, including its competition swimming pool, modern fitness suite, multiuse sports hall and studios. He met a wide range of people who use and work in the Centre, including managers and staff, children attending a Kid’s Camp, those using ‘Families First’ Services and swimmers involved in Ren 96 who were training in the competition pool that day. HRH unveiled a commemorative plaque at the end of his visit. 


Visit by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to James Fisher Defence and Bray Controls (UK) Ltd on 19 February 2014

James Fisher Defence
HRH The Princess Royal officially opened James Fisher Defence’s new premises at Inchinnan on 19 February 2014. Having been received by Mr Guy Clark, Lord-Lieutenant for Renfrewshire, Her Royal Highness met Mr Roger Chapman CBE, Chairman, who escorted her on an extensive tour of the premises during which she met Directors and senior managers amongst others, heard about the Company’s history and achievements and viewed various models, including of deep search and rescue vehicles. She also heard about James Fisher Submarine Rescue Services in Singapore and Australia and met representatives of the JFD’s Services Team responsible for delivering submarine escape and rescue services worldwide and its Special Operations Team.

Her Royal Highness also heard about a range of projects and developments during which members of the Design, Projects and Engineering Teams were amongst those presented to her. Employees with long service as well as some of those who had recently joined the Company were amongst those who were delighted to have the opportunity to be presented to Her Royal Highness.

Bray Controls (UK) Ltd
Later that day, Her Royal Highness visited Bray Controls (UK) Ltd, Inchinnan, where Mr George Crooks the Managing Director for Europe based at its new facility there escorted her on a tour of the Headquarters building, during which she met many of those working in and involved with the Company, including Mr Frank Raymond and Mr Craig Brown, Chairman and President and CEO respectively of Bray International Inc. The Princess Royal heard about the Company’s history and family ethos as well as its products and recent expansion.

Amongst those presented to Her Royal Highness were representatives of the Inside Sales Team and those involved in external sales, quality control, contract work, manufacturing, shipping and engineering. Mr Frank Johnston, Chief Design and Consultant Engineer, one of Bray’s eldest and longest serving employees and two apprentices reaching the end of their apprenticeship were amongst those honoured to be presented to Her Royal Highness during the visit. HRH also saw a manufacturing demonstration and how equipment, including a new Test Rig, operated.

At the conclusion of her visit, The Princess Royal unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening of the new facility.






Visit by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to Royal National Mòd 2013 on 15 October 2013

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited the Royal National Mòd 2013 on 15 October 2013. Having been received by Mr Guy Clark, Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Her Royal Highness was escorted on a tour of two of the venues used (Paisley Town Hall and Paisley Abbey) by Mr John Macleod, President, An Comunn Gàidhealach. During her visit, Her Royal Highness met Mrs Janet Macdonald, Director of the Royal National Mòd and other senior representatives of An Comunn Gàidhealach and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, as well as Members of the Local Organising Committee.

Amongst those presented to Her Royal Highness were Mr Alasdair Mulholland, Gaelic Learner of the Year, and Mr Lewis MacKinnon of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, current An Commun Bard, who recited verses of bardachd written to commemorate the Royal visit. Her Royal Highness also heard performances by the Renfrewshire Junior Gaelic Choir and winners of the An Comunn Gàidhealach Silver Medals before presenting medals to other competition winners and meeting staff, volunteers, stewards, sponsors and supporters of the Mòd at Paisley Town Hall.

Members of the Campbells of Greepe family, recipients of 10 Mòd Gold Medals for singing between 1957-2011, and Mr John Norman Macleod of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye, Gaelic Ambassador of the Year 2013, were amongst those honoured to be presented to Her Royal Highness.

The Reverend Alan Birss, Minister of Paisley Abbey, was presented to HRH at the Abbey, where The Princess Royal heard an accordion performance of “Paisley Welcomes the Royal National Mòd 2013” performed by local Paisley composer Grant McFarlane and other choral performances before meeting various competitors and other involved with the Mòd.

HRH The Earl of Wessex Officially Opens The Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock on 16 August 2013

HRH The Earl of Wessex, in his role as Patron of Greenock Arts Guild, officially opened The Beacon Arts Centre on 16 August 2013. Following a Gala variety performance featuring music from Andrew Lloyd Weber productions and local, national and international artists, His Royal Highness unveiled a commemorative plaque on stage to mark the official opening and met many of those who had performed, including Scott Davies, Keith Jack and the award-winning Inverclyde Junior Choir.

The official opening of The Beacon, a project jointly funded by Greenock Arts Guild, Inverclyde Council, Creative Scotland’s National Lottery Awards and Riverside Inverclyde, marked the culmination of nine years work by a dedicated group of volunteers. During the evening, including at a Reception following the performance, His Royal Highness met a wide range of others who helped bring the project to fruition, including Mr Elliot McKelvie, Chairman of Greenock Arts Guild Ltd and other Directors of the Guild, the Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director of The Beacon Arts Centre and representatives of major funding partners, donors and trusts.




Visit by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to Open New Prestige Hall Bottling Facility at Chivas Brothers, Paisley on 17 September 2013

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal officially opened the new Prestige Bottling Hall during a visit to Chivas Brothers, Paisley, Renfrewshire on 17 September 2013.

Having been received by the Lord-Lieutenant for Renfrewshire, Mr Laurent Lacassagne, Chairman and CEO of Chivas Brothers, His Grace The Duke of Argyll and several Directors of the Company were presented to Her Royal Highness following which Mr Lacassagne briefed HRH on the Company, its history and its operations worldwide.

Having met representatives of the Customer Service, Finance, IT, Human Resources and Legal Teams and others, Mr Lacassagne and Mr McIntosh, Manufacturing Director, were honoured to escort Her Royal Highness on a tour of both the North and new Prestige bottling halls, during which she viewed many of the facilities offered there from high-speed, high-volume bottling lines to the detailed processes carried out by hand in the new Prestige Hall.

Others presented to Her Royal Highness included further senior staff, current and former apprentices, family members who work together on the site and employees with long service exceeding 20 years. Her Royal Highness also unveiled a commemorative plaque.

HRH The Princess Royal Opens Peak Scientific’s New Office on 17 September 2013

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited the Head Office of Peak Scientific, Inchinnan, on 17 September 2013 to officially open Cherry Tree House at the Company’s expanding scientific base there.

Having been presented to Her Royal Highness by the Lord-Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, the owners Mr Robin MacGeachy, Managing Director and his wife Mrs June MacGeachy, Director were honoured to welcome The Princess Royal to the site and escort her on an extensive tour of facilities there focussing on those newly developed to allow the company to double its capacity in terms of manufacturing and personnel over coming years as well as in terms of training, research and development and service support. Mr MacGeachy emphasised that he took great pride in the fact that Cherry Tree House was being officially opened by Her Royal Highness.

Before the official opening ceremony, during which Her Royal Highness unveiled a commemorative plaque, Her Royal Highness heard about the Company’s operations and exports worldwide and met a wide range of those involved in manufacturing, research and development, engineering and quality control amongst others, including those involved in sales and marketing, dispatch and support. Demonstrations of various products and software used were also provided.

At the conclusion of the opening ceremony, Mr MacGeachy’s daughter, Miss Poppy MacGeachy, presented The Princess Royal with Flowers.

Visit by HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of RYA Sailability, to Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park Castle Semple Centre, Lochwinnoch on 17 September 2013

HRH The Princess Royal visited Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park on 19 May 2013 when she visited Scotland’s first Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Sailability Centre of Excellence based on the shores of Castle Semple where she saw first-hand how sailing and other water sports opportunities are delivered to young people with disabilities in partnership with other organisations.

The Princess Royal was received by HM Lord-Lieutenant for Renfrewshire Mr Guy Clark, following which Mr Charlie Woodward, Manager, Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park and Mr David Hill, Senior Instructor, Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park & RYA Sailability Regional Organiser, Scotland escorted Her Royal Highness as she toured various facilities offered at the Centre.

As well as meeting staff and pupils from a number of schools based in East Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and West Dumbarton who make good use of the Centre, she named two access dinghies prior to their first voyage. Having watched various demonstrations, she also heard about the design and manufacturer of adaptive equipment used in canoes and sailboats and a pontoon hoist installed with financial support from a local Rotary Club.

Others presented to Her Royal Highness during the visit included countryside rangers and volunteers from a mental health referral programme run by the Forestry Commission and the Regional Park; representatives of a Recreational Users Group and Volunteers Group, including Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme managers; and representatives of a Spinal Unit based in Glasgow and of Scottish Disability Sport.

Visit by HRH The Earl of Wessex to Kibble Education and Care Centre on 2 May 2013

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Kibble Education and Care Centre in Paisley on 2 May 2013 to see the work being done there to help young people achieve their Duke of Edinburgh Award. The Safe Centre is the first secure unit for young people in Scotland to run and be licensed to accredit Duke of Edinburgh Awards. HRH met young people carrying out Award related activities and saw a performance of a play Please Listen that had been written by two young people at Kibble giving an account of life in care. HRH presented Kibble with a certificate acknowledging its status as an approved centre for Duke of Edinburgh Award activities.

The Earl of Wessex at the Kibble School Presenting the Duke of Edinburgh Award

Visit by HRH The Princess Royal to Paisley Abbey and Texas Instruments, Greenock, on 15 October 2012

HRH The Princess Royal attended a service at Paisley Abbey on 15 October 2012 to mark the beginning of the Abbey’s 850th anniversary year. The Abbey was founded in 1163 when the High Steward of Scotland signed a charter establishing a ‘house of devotion’ in Paisley which became one of the foremost cluniac abbeys in Europe. After the Reformation it continued to serve as a place of worship for the people of Paisley and it is today a vibrant parish church of the Church of Scotland.

Following the service, which featured music especially composed for the occasion, HRH met members of the Abbey’s 850th Anniversary Organising Committee, Deputy Lieutenants and other local dignitaries. She also unveiled a plaque commemorating the visit and received a gift from 8-year old Stephen Chalk on behalf of the Abbey congregation. Members of the Abbey congregation and representatives from other churches and the community in Paisley attended the Service.

HRH The Princess Royal also visited Texas Instruments’ Scottish semiconductor fabrication plant and design centre in Greenock in the afternoon of 15 October 2012 during which she heard about the work and history of the company and the Greenock site and toured the facility. She met a wide range of employees, including members of the leadership team, manufacturing and maintenance technicians, designers, the healthy working lives team and key engineers. HRH also unveiled a plaque to commemorate the visit and made presentations to nine members of the Company’s Community Care Team in recognition of their work to support education and welfare in Greenock.