Prince Harry and his soon to be wife Meghan Markle embarked on their fifth official engagement together with their trip to Edinburgh today.
The couple began their visit with a stop at the Esplanade in front of the Edinburgh Castle, where they will be officially welcomed to the city by the Royal Marines Scotland Band.
Last December HRH became Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Marines taking over the position his grandfather The Duke of Edinburgh held for decades.
The couple were also greeted by Cruachan IV the Shetland pony, the mascot for the Royal Regiment of Scotland. The pony, was a bit naughty once again nipping Harry’s hand with Meghan letting out a bit of chuckle. This is not the first time Cruachan IV was not on his best behaviour. Last year when Her Majesty was visiting, he tucked into her bouquet of peonies. The Queen gave the pony a bit of a scolding for his poor form.
Ms Markle who wore a green tartan Burberry coat, obviously a nod to her Scottish visit shook hands and said: “Hi, I’m Meghan” to those she met. She definitely exudes the warmth and royal charm of Prince Harry!
Once inside the Castle, Harry and Meghan were present for the firing of the One O’clock Gun.
The firing of a gun started at Edinburgh Castle in 1861 to mark time for ships in the Firth of Forth. The British Army now fires a 105 millimetre L118 Light Gun. During a stormy June day last year, I had the chance to be up close for the firing of the gun. It certainly must have been a neat experience for the royal couple.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle look out over city of Edinburgh from the castle pic.twitter.com/tWKwJEYUvg
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Prince Harry and Ms Markle left Edinburgh Castle and went on to Social Bite, a social business and café located in Edinburgh’s New Town.
Prince Harry & Meghan are now visiting @SocialBite_ a social business and café located in Edinburgh’s New Town. Photos @elliotwagland #PrinceHarryAndMeghan #HarryandMeghan #MeghanMarkle #PrinceHarry #Edinburgh pic.twitter.com/9kig9Vszcs
— Royal Circular (@Royal_Circular) February 13, 2018
Employing a staff who have experienced homelessness, Social Bite runs social enterprise cafés throughout the country and distributes 100,000 items of food and hot drinks to homeless people each year.
During their visit, Harry and Meghan learned more about the social enterprise, met staff and toured the kitchen.
To wrap up their day in Edinburgh, the couple attnend a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to honour youth achievements, marking Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at a reception to celebrate young people’s achievements in Edinburgh pic.twitter.com/MLRCh0IYpP
— Laura Paterson (@LauraPatersonPA) February 13, 2018
The Year of Young People is a programme striving to inspire Scotland through its young people: celebrating their achievements, strengthening their voice on social issues and creating new opportunities for them to shine.
Harry and his future princess are now on Royal Wedding countdown. On Monday, details regarding their wedding were announced with the couple taking a carriage ride through the streets of Windsor directly after their wedding in May, marking the first public appearance of the married couple.