Charles strokes Clydesdale horses and enjoys carriage ride on Lanark visit

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The Prince of Wales stroked some Clydesdale horses and rode in a carriage as he helped commemorate the breed’s recent tricentenary.

Lanark Community Development Trust had hoped to install a sculpture honouring Clydesdale horses in time for the 300th anniversary of the breed in 2020, but the project was delayed by the pandemic.

On Wednesday, Charles, wearing a kilt in Hunting Rothesay tartan, visited the site outside Lanark Auction Market where the sculpture was finally unveiled this summer.

A number of Clydesdale horses, including two police horses, were in the field beside the sculpture and the prince stroked some of them as he chatted to the people looking after them.

Charles, who is known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, then climbed into a horse-drawn carriage along with Millar Stoddart, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire, and they were driven to the door of the auction market.

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The Prince of Wales stroked some of the Clydesdale horses before enjoying a carriage ride (Andrew Milligan/PA)

She said: “It was wonderful to meet the prince. We were thrilled he decided to come and visit. He was very interested in everything.

“It is just over 300 years since the first Clydesdale horse was bred. We had hoped to have the statue up for the anniversary in 2020 but it was delayed by the pandemic.

“The breed is very, very local to the area and we just wanted to commemorate the heritage of our area.

“We want people to be aware of the heritage of the town and breed and decided to erect a statue.”

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The Prince of Wales viewed a sculpture of a Clydesdale horse by Dan Adams (Andrew Milligan/PA)

“It was an honour,” he said. “He is a lovely chap.

“He was asking how the sculpture was put together and how long it took to make and if I enjoyed it.

“It took about two weeks to design and two months to build, and it was a very nice piece to work on.”

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Charles watched a sheep sale at Lanark Auction Market (Andrew Milligan/PA)

He also viewed a Blackface ewe sheep sale, which was in progress.

Earlier in the day, Charles visited New Lanark, a purpose-built mill village created by David Dale and Robert Owen in the 18th century. It became a model for industrial communities that was to spread across the world in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Charles viewed a display of industrial artefacts and was also expected to see giant steam engines and the huge main textile room where the preserved looms are still in operation, producing textiles for commercial use.

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The Prince of Wales visited the historic New Lanark mill village (Jane Barlow/PA)

Scientists from around the world have travelled to Dumfries House in Ayrshire for a two-day global symposium on allergies, organised by the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation and hosted by Charles.

The foundation was set up by Tanya and Nadim Ednan-Laperouse, whose 15-year-old daughter, Natasha, died in 2016 following a severe allergic reaction to sesame in a sandwich.

Charles has said he was “moved beyond words” by her death and the way her parents have “selflessly dedicated themselves to preventing other families suffering in the same way”.

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Natasha Ednan-Laperouse died from an allergic reaction to sesame in 2016 (Family handout/PA)

Seventeen world-leading allergy experts from the UK, US, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong and Denmark are attending the event.

Natasha died on July 17 2016 after eating a Pret artichoke, olive and tapenade baguette before boarding a flight from Heathrow to France with her father and best friend.

A coroner concluded that she would not have eaten the baguette if the sesame seeds – to which she was severely allergic – had been mentioned on the label.

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