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Last Updated: Sunday, 24 April, 2005, 13:26 GMT 14:26 UK
Royal couple in memorial tribute
Camilla and Charles in Aberdeen
The royal couple talk to a piper at the service in Aberdeen
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have attended a special service in memory of soldiers who died on active service.

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, as they are known in Scotland, were invited to the Gordon Highlanders Regimental Museum in Aberdeen.

The prince, who is colonel-in-chief of the regiment, and his wife Camilla joined in prayers and hymns.

They laid a wreath and met regimental trustees and relatives of the fallen.

The royal couple have been honeymooning at Birkhall on the Balmoral Estate following their wedding on 9 April.

The service commemorated those Gordon Highlanders who died between 1945 and the regiment's amalgamation with others in 1994 and took place in the museum's walled garden.

They both seemed very happy, you can tell when a couple are in love and as far as I am concerned that shone through today
John Reynolds, Lord Provost of Aberdeen

The duchess wore a skirt suit in regimental tweed with two brooches, while the prince was in traditional Highland dress and wore several medals.

The Reverend J.P.Whitton led the service for the hundred-strong congregation and the couple laid a wreath at a recently-installed memorial following a two-minute silence.

The couple met staff who maintain the garden and were given a tour of the museum's tea room and shop.

Relatives of personnel who died met the newly-weds during the final part of the visit.

'Wonderful couple'

Major Maurice Gibson, Chairman of the Gordon Highlanders' Association Trust, expressed delight at the couple's visit.

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen, John Reynolds, said the duchess seemed very relaxed during her visit.

He said: "She was saying what a great honeymoon she had had in Deeside and she said she was looking forward to coming back to Aberdeen.

"They both seemed very happy, you can tell when a couple are in love and as far as I am concerned that shone through today. They are a really wonderful couple.

"She said she was really looking forward to coming back up in August, if she can make it. They are great ambassadors for this area."




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