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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 May 2006, 20:39 GMT 21:39 UK
Royal couple start Scottish tour
Camilla in Castle Douglas
The Duchess of Cornwall met the public in Castle Douglas
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall started their first official engagement as a couple in Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway.

They arrived in Dumfries early on Tuesday before travelling to Castle Douglas and then Kirkcudbright.

The couple toured a jewellery business started with help from the Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT).

They then went on Broughton House in Kirkcudbright to celebrate the National Trust for Scotland's 75th anniversary.

In Castle Douglas the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay visited Lily Jewellery, which is run by 25-year-old Jenny Scott and was started with help from the PSYBT.

The duchess was presented with a gift from the shop.

"We gave Camilla a handbag, a scarf, a necklace and a pen and she joked she'd have to hide it from her daughter as she always nicked her stuff," said Ms Scott.

She was really interested. I didn't think it was an act
Donna Townsley
Prince's Trust

During the visit the prince also presented Ms Scott with a development loan from the trust for 7,500.

"The prince was really nice, asking why I wanted to start a business and where I'd heard about the Prince's Trust and just how things were doing," added Ms Scott.

"I was given the full development loan, which is going to be used to update our website on a weekly basis to boost online sales."

Charles and Camilla were later greeted by cheers from a crowd of well-wishers as they visited a National Trust for Scotland property in Kirkcudbright.

The royal couple had been invited to Broughton House to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the National Trust For Scotland, of which Charles is patron.

Duchess of Cornwall in Dumfries - picture by Jim McEwan

The royals found time to present a prize to five pupils from the town's Johnston Primary School for their winning entry in a competition to design a display for the garden at Broughton House.

One of the winners, nine-year-old Eilidh Nurse, said afterwards: "I thought they were kind and nice.

"They gave us lots of encouragement and I'm glad they came all this way to hand us this trophy."

The couple then went to Threave Gardens near Castle Douglas before heading north to Edinburgh.

Charles and Camilla inspected the work of a 30-strong team of young conservationists on a Prince's Trust programme in Craigmillar. The pair chatted to youngsters who were removing rubbish from the water in a one-day clean-up project at Niddrie Burn.

Donna Townsley, 16, from Niddrie, spoke to Camilla by the riverbank.

"It was amazing to meet them, I've never met anybody famous in my life," she said.

"Camilla just asked about what stuff we pulled out of the river, how I got on the course and what I want to work as. She wanted to know if it had boosted my confidence.

"She was really interested. I didn't think it was an act."

The Royal couple ended the day with their first visit to the Scottish Parliament building.

The evening reception, hosted by Presiding Officer George Reid, was held to mark the 30th anniversary of The Prince's Trust.

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