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Prince unveils Queen Mother gates

Charles and Camilla at the gates
The gates feature the Queen Mother's coat of arms

Prince Charles has visited the childhood home of the late Queen Mother to officially unveil a set of memorial gates in her honour.

The Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla were met by a crowd of about 200 people at Glamis Castle in Angus.

The Queen Mother spent much of her younger years at the castle, which has royal links dating back to 1372.

The Queen Mother Memorial Gates, which took six months to build, are wrought iron and feature her coat of arms.

'Fitting memorial'

Prince Charles told the crowd: "Like many here, I suspect, I miss my grandmother every day.

"I miss her vitality, her interest in the lives of others, her courage and determination, her perceptive wisdom, her calm in the face of all difficulties, her steadfast belief in the British people and above all her sense of mischievous humour.

"These are all qualities and characteristics we recall with love, pride and gratitude and the physical presence of these gates provide a fitting memorial in the most fitting family place."

Camilla meeting school children
Camilla and Charles met local school children at the event

The royal couple met pupils from Glamis Primary School before they were led through the gates to sign a book listing the donors to the project.

During WW1 the castle was used as a military hospital, and as a young woman the Queen Mother helped care for soldiers there.

She also honeymooned at the castle and Princess Margaret was born there.

The Queen Mother's Memorial Fund for Scotland was launched in 2003 by former First Minister Jack McConnell to create two national memorials in Scotland.

This generated 1m in public donations from Scotland and overseas and in addition to the gates has seen the creation of the Queen Mother's Memorial in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.


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