Duke of Rothesay
Prince Charles patron of The Gathering joined thousands on the day to officially open what was the world’s largest Clan Meeting and Highland Games in history.
Reflecting on the changing face of clan culture in Scotland, the Prince of Wales commented: “Thankfully in 2009 the lives of clan chiefs and their clansmen, both in Scotland and abroad, are somewhat less blood-soaked and unhappy than those experienced by thousands of their ancestors.
” Charles, or the Duke of Rothesay as he is known officially in Scotland, also paid tribute to the thousands of ex-pats who had made the journey for the occasion.
Many of the folk in attendance had journeyed from countries where the Scottish society is celebrated in far greater numbers, and the Gathering is regarded as an historic opportunity for all the Scottish clans to focus on their survival and future.
Prince Charles is seen here wearing MacDonald -The Lord of The Isles Tartan as the Prince of Wales currently holds the Title.