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A kilted Prince of Wales received a guard of honour as he visited a Scout hut in north-east Scotland.

Charles was greeted by members of the 1st Macduff Scouts at their newly refurbished hut in the coastal town.

The Prince, who is known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, asked about work to restore the building, which dates back to the 18th century, and was invited to take part in a craft activity.

As he was shown how to loop cord to make a colourful key ring, Charles told Scouts Jenny Duncan, 12, and 17-year-old Phoebe Wiseman: “I wouldn’t know where to begin.

“I think it’s going to take me too long to learn.”

Charles, who wore a kilt in Rothesay tartan, unveiled a plaque and spoke to the families of the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers gathered outside the hut.

He asked the crowd: “Are you all enjoying sitting in the sun?”

Pointing to the hut, one of the oldest remaining buildings in Macduff, he said: “It’s wonderful to see it all brought back to life, isn’t it?”

Scout leader Dennis Watt said: “It was a most enjoyable visit.

“He was really interested in the building and all the stuff the kids are doing, all their badges.

“He didn’t take part in trying to make a key ring but he’s a bit like myself, it’s too difficult.

“All the kids seemed to enjoy meeting him.”

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