Following the October school break, the Prince and Princess of Wales embarked on their first joint engagement, a trip to Scotland.
In Moray and Inverness, Prince William and Princess Catherine—known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland—met with organizations that assist rural communities.
Outfit Moray, an award-winning charity that provides young people in the area with life-changing outdoor learning and adventure activity programs, was the couple’s first stop.
Since its founding in 2003, the organization, which supports youth between the ages of eight and eighteen, has worked with over 16,000 young people.
Numerous activities are offered by it, such as rock climbing, mountain biking, paddlesports, archery, and bushcraft.
William and Catherine observed a mountain bike lesson in progress at Burghead Primary School, where they joined the Outfit Moray team.
And the athletic couple was compelled to give it a try!
William could be heard asking the kids about their favorite sports and favorite football teams before he jumped on the mountain bikes.
Later on, he reported that he had discovered a “tricky” see-saw on a bike. Despite this, he and Catherine successfully completed the circuit, propelled forward by the cheers of “Go on, William” from onlookers.
For her outing, the Princess wore a quilted checked Burberry jacket along with flared jeans and boots, while the Prince matched his wife’s outfit with a khaki overcoat.
Following their departure, Outfit Moray CEO Tony Brown stated, “This year marks our 20th anniversary. What a great way to celebrate that milestone and look forward to another 20 years.”
“Since the Covid pandemic we’ve seen a significant rise in mental health issues with young people, particularly around anxiety and loss of confidence.”
“Physical activity and being in nature are very beneficial for mental health,” he continued. Encouraging as many youth to participate in our programs as we can is one way to support those who may be struggling.”
William and Catherine’s next engagement involved a visit to the family-run Brodieshill Farm, where they had meetings with representatives from Farmstrong Scotland and the Lower Speyside Young Farmers group.
They became aware of the assistance provided to youth at the establishment, which is owned by Robert Manson, his wife Nicola, and his parents, Colin and Irene.
Young people from all backgrounds, ages 14 to 29, are welcome to participate in Lower Speyside Young Farmers, which offers social and interactional opportunities.
The Prince and Princess also got to know the families who come on a regular basis to play in the farm’s designated play area, which provides both indoor and outdoor spaces where parents can spend quality time with their kids.
Brodiehill is a play area that is both indoors and outdoors where young children can explore and learn. It is designed to give families a place to spend quality time with their children.
Farmer Lucy McGillivray, a representative of National Farmers Union Scotland, told me William and Catherine were curious about her farming background and the effects of the recent floods in the area.
“There has been a significant amount of financial loss, including the loss of hundreds of thousands of pounds’ worth of crops,” the speaker stated. “A couple of members lost their lives in the flooding.” They asked me where I lived and about the subsidies after I gave them a thorough explanation of the flooding’s effects.
“They were just lovely people – really down to earth.”