During an address to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Duke of Cambridge said, “I've been coming to Scotland since I was a small boy. As I grew up, I saw how my grandmother relishes every minute she spends here. And my father is never happier than when walking among the hills.”
However, some of those memories are more painful for the duke. He revealed, “I was in Balmoral when I was told that my mother had died,” in reference to Balmoral Castle, where he learned that his mother, Princess Diana, has died during a car crash. But, while Prince William dealt with the tragedy, the area acted as a source of comfort for him as well. “Still in shock, I found sanctuary in the service at Crathie Kirk that very morning,” he said. “And in the dark days of grief that followed, I found comfort and solace in the Scottish outdoors. As a result, the connection I feel to Scotland will forever run deep.”
This duke's trip was captured on his and Kate Middleton's Instagram account, where his arrival was marked with a post that said, “Prince William inspects a Guard of Honour, as he is formally welcomed as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.”
Although Prince William has complex memories connected to Scotland, there's one reason that the country remains very special to him. He said, “And yet alongside this painful memory, is one of great joy. Because it was here in Scotland, 20 years ago this year, that I first met Catherine," referring to his wife of 10 years, Kate Middleton.
The duke talked about how his family's love for Scotland has continued with his children, adding, “Needless to say, the town where you meet your future wife holds 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 build their own happy memories here too. We have no doubt they will grow up sharing our love and connection to Scotland from the Highlands to the Central Belt, from the Islands to the Borders.”
Prince William will be honoring his mother in just a couple months, at the unveiling of her memorial statue at Kensington Gardens on what would've been her 60th birthday.
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