Prince William has explained why Balmoral Castle – the royal vacation home in Scotland – has both good and bad memories for him.
The Duke of Cambridge, Lord High Commissioner of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, made a speech today, May 22nd.
William said he loved Scotland but remembered being in Balmoral when he heard of his mother’s death in 1997.
He said: “Scotland is incredibly important to me and will always have a special place in my heart. I have been coming to Scotland since I was a child.
“Growing up, I’ve seen my grandmother enjoy every minute she spends here, and my father is never happier than walking among the hills.
“My childhood was full of vacations where I had fun in the fresh air, swam in lochs, had a barbecue with my grandfather in command of the family and yes, the strange mosquito.”
He added: “Scotland is a source of some of my happiest memories, but also my saddest.
“I was in Balmoral when I was told my mother had died. Still in shock, I found refuge in the Crathie Kirk service that morning, and in the dark days of mourning that followed I found comfort and comfort in the Scottish countryside. “
“Besides this painful memory, it is a great pleasure that I met Catherine here in Scotland 20 years ago.
“Of course, the city where you meet your future wife has a very special place in your heart.
“George, Charlotte and Louis already know how dear Scotland is to both of us and they are starting to make their own happy memories here too.”
The Duke remembered his time at the University of St. Andrews in Fife.
He said, “I have been studying at St. Andrews for four very happy and formative years. The city and the students left me alone to get on with student life and allow me to share their freedoms – and their pubs. “