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Princess to visit historic school

King George III
King George III gave Tain permission to build an academy

The Princess Royal is to tour a Highlands secondary school with connections to King George III.

In 1809, he signed a royal charter granting permission for an academy to be built in Tain.

Four years later, Tain Royal Academy was completed and admitted its first pupils.

During her tour later this week, Princess Anne will be shown the newly-restored charter document. She will also meet staff and pupils.

Head teacher Donnie MacLeod said: "We are all very excited about the visit, which will mark an important year for our school in a very special and memorable way."

King George III reigned from 1760 to 1820, a period which included the American Revolution.

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