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Prince Charles dons a full kilt as he heads to Scotland to meet volunteers on a beach clean-up

A kilted Prince of Wales has visited a beach cleaning group in the north of Scotland.

Charles, 71, met with volunteers at Scrabster Beach in Caithness on the northern tip of the country today.

During his visit, he planted a tree at the newly-restored House of the Northern Gate. 

He will take part in several engagements in the town of Thurso during his visit to Scotland, where he is known as the Duke of Rothesay.

A kilted Prince of Wales has visited a beach cleaning group in the north of Scotland

Charles, 71, met with volunteers at Scrabster Beach in Caithness on the northern tip of the country today

Wearing a kilt in Rothesay tartan, Charles met with Dorcas and Allan Sinclair, founders of the Caithness Beach Clean Group.

They showed the prince some of the objects they have collected from the more than 3,500 beach cleans carried out since the group was founded in 2019.  

He then planted a tree at the newly-restored House of the Northern Gate, and met with craftsmen who worked on the project.  

During his visit, His Royal Highness will be greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Thurso, John Archibald Sinclair, Viscount Thurso of Ulbster, who will introduce husband and wife, Mrs Dorcas Sinclair and Mr Allan Sinclair, Founders of the Caithness Beach Clean Group. 

His Royal Highness will go on to meet with volunteers on the beach and view and discuss objects recently cleared, collected and recycled by the group.

Green fingered Prince! The Duke of Rothesay, as Prince Charles is known in Scotland, planted a tree at the newly restored House of the Northern Gate during his visit

Green fingered Prince! The Duke of Rothesay, as Prince Charles is known in Scotland, planted a tree at the newly restored House of the Northern Gate during his visit 

The royal put a large cream vest for his gardening activities in Caithness today, handling the shovel like a pro

The royal put a large cream vest for his gardening activities in Caithness today, handling the shovel like a pro 

A very proud Charles posed next to the tree he has just planted as part of his engagements during his visit today

A very proud Charles posed next to the tree he has just planted as part of his engagements during his visit today

The objects included a coaxial cable which Ms Sinclair told the Prince they were holding on to in case they could find someone to use it.

Charles joked with the media covering the visit: ‘You don’t need any coaxial cables, do you?’

Speaking to the ahead of the visit, Ms Sinclair, 64, said the group had picked up more than 31 tonnes of plastic since they started.

‘We find horrible things like syringes, needles and even a gas mask,’ she said.

‘Recently we found a giant buoy, one of the cleaners got a tiny leather child’s shoe that is absolutely ancient.

Earlier, the first-in-line for the throne chatted with Mr Rodrick Dunnett, who was the lead of the restoration of the house, and met staff, tradesman and craftsman involved in the project, pictured

Earlier, the first-in-line for the throne chatted with Mr Rodrick Dunnett, who was the lead of the restoration of the house, and met staff, tradesman and craftsman involved in the project, pictured

Appearing in good spirits, Charles delighted in touring the newly restore house and its gardens

Appearing in good spirits, Charles delighted in touring the newly restore house and its gardens 

Dressed in his best! Charles wore traditional Scottish clothing for his trip today

Dressed in his best! Charles wore traditional Scottish clothing for his trip today

He will take part in several engagements in the town of Thurso during his visit to Scotland, where he is known as the Duke of Rothesay.

Charles is pictured today

He will take part in several engagements in the town of Thurso during his visit to Scotland, where he is known as the Duke of Rothesay.

Prince Charles visits DS McGregor and Partners Veterinary Surgery. His Royal Highness will meet vets, nurses, support staff and patients during a tour of the practice and surgery.

Prince Charles visits DS McGregor and Partners Veterinary Surgery. His Royal Highness will meet vets, nurses, support staff and patients during a tour of the practice and surgery.

Prince of paws! Charles patted a dog as he visited a veterinary surgery in Scotland

Prince of paws! Charles patted a dog as he visited a veterinary surgery in Scotland

‘There’s also lots of pants, would you believe? So many people find men’s pants – only men’s, never women’s – and we talk about having a ‘pantometer’ because there’s a running joke about who finds the most pants.’

Ms Sinclair and her husband, who live four miles outside Thurso, go to six to eight beaches on the north coast of Scotland a week.

She said: ‘The beaches here are now so good we’ve got to travel because there’s not as much to clean

‘We’re also really trying to include children in the beach cleans because it’s their world.

‘If a child goes out with their parents, I send them a certificate and a badge, we run competitions for them and we’ve got them designing things like dog poo posters.’

Prince Charles visits DS McGregor and Partners Veterinary Surgery in northern Scotland

Prince Charles visits DS McGregor and Partners Veterinary Surgery in northern Scotland

On Charles’s visit, she said: ‘He’s such an environmentalist himself, we’re really, really pleased he’s recognising what we’re doing here.’

Asked what she would speak to the prince about, Ms Sinclair added: ‘I’d like to tackle him about fishing because 99 per cent  of what we pick up is fishing related – nets, reels et cetera – in case he can use his influence.’

Charles last travelled to Caithness in 2019 when he visited a wind farm and whisky distillery.

It comes just a day after the Prince of Wales, uncovered a plaque for the monument at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, which commemorates almost 5,000 police officers and staff who have died on duty – 1,500 from acts of violence – since half-brothers Henry and John Fielding established the Bow Street Runners in 1749.

After the event, Charles could be seen chatting with singer Katherine Jenkins, 40, who sang during the service and appeared totally charmed by the royal. 

The pair, who first met over a decade ago, could be seen sharing a laugh with one another, with the Welsh singer appearing particularly tickled by a joke Charles had told. 

Volunteers showed the prince some of the objects they have collected from the more than 3,500 beach cleans carried out since the group was founded in 2019

Volunteers showed the prince some of the objects they have collected from the more than 3,500 beach cleans carried out since the group was founded in 2019

His Royal Highness will go on to meet with volunteers on the beach and view and discuss objects recently cleared, collected and recycled by the group.

His Royal Highness will go on to meet with volunteers on the beach and view and discuss objects recently cleared, collected and recycled by the group.

Prince Charles is pictured on the beach today.  He is visiting Caithness Beach Clean Group at Scrabster Beach and learns of their work to maintain the local beaches

Prince Charles is pictured on the beach today.  He is visiting Caithness Beach Clean Group at Scrabster Beach and learns of their work to maintain the local beaches

Today also marks the 40th anniversary of his wedding with Princess Diana.

The Duke of Cambridge, 38, and the Duke of Sussex, 36, have agreed to lend their mother’s romantic full silk taffeta bridal gown to Historic Royal Palaces for a temporary exhibition, the first time it will go on display in more than 25 years.

Royal Style In The Making is open in the orangery of the princess’s former London home, and Diana’s dress with its billowing sleeves, bows and lace flounces will be the showcase attraction.

The gown, designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel for Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding to the Prince of Wales in 1981, will be displayed along with its 25ft (7.6m) sequin-encrusted train – the longest in royal history.

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