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Queens visit is thrill to Dumfries and Galloway

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have show face at a number of public engagements in Dumfries and Galloway. Their series of public engagements began at the foot of the historic mid-steeple in Dumfries, specifically at the new plainstanes gathering place in Dumfries which she successfully opened. Having such royalty in Dumfries has been described by the Dumfries and Galloway Council chief executive Gavin Stevenson as a “major coup” to the normally quiet area.

Many people turned out to see the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, including a gorgeous seven week old baby. The mother describes the meeting of the royal family as a treat and thought they should pop down as the chance may not arise again. The Queen showed interest in the little bundle of joy and made the mother, and grandmother, very happy. The mother and grandmother felt the visit was necessary and enjoyed meeting the Queen.

The Queen paid her last visit to Dumfries and Galloway around 1975 when a local hospital was due to be opened for action, an honour the Queen was given. The Queens visitation to Dumfries and Galloway did not stop there; she went on the civic reception being held at the Easterbrook Hall on Crichton campus. Unfortunately heavy rain did threaten to ruin the day as it began to fall as the Queen drew nearer the Wallets Mart in Castle Douglas. Many people including the Managing director of Wallets Mart described the visit as a ‘tremendous honour’ due to the fact that she had never visited the place before. The rain may have fallen very heavily on the day however it did not dampen spirits, a local farmer even described the rain as what makes the country “nice and green”, a welcomed positive spin on such dreary weather conditions.

Howies sawmill in Dalbeattie also got a friendly visit but from the Duke of Edinburgh and then went on to end his tour with the Queen at the Kirkcudbright when her duties were complete. Despite the weather the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were able to visit the scheduled destinations where they received a warm and friendly reception. The Queen was equipped with a sky blue hat and kept dry under an umbrella, even the weather did not deter her from paying a visit to Dumfries and Galloway.