The Royal Wedding next month has seen a flurry of activity at Glamis Castle as the historic tourist attraction prepares to open for the new season.
As Lord Strathmore, along with new castle administrator David Broadfoot, MBE, formerly of Cawdor Castle, welcomed around 55 staff last Friday, it emerged the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton will be marked with a special exhibition at Glamis.
Although it looks like it may be a difficult year in terms of increasing the visitor numbers to Angus because petrol prices are so high, and the cost of living in general is increasing, Libby Reynolds revealed a huge amount of interest has been generated from the Royal Wedding, and Glamis is firmly on the map for places to visit with Royal wedding connections.
She said: “Requests for information are coming in on almost a daily basis for filming linked to Royal wedding programmes and The Grand Scottish Prom is back on the events calendar, so this is great news for the area.
“A special historical wedding display is being prepared and will take a look back at weddings through 600 years of Bowes Lyon family history; the exhibition will open on April 29 coinciding with the Royal Wedding and remain on show for the 2011 season. Visitors to Glamis on the day of the wedding can watch the ceremony and events on strategically placed TV screens.
“We’ve already had the BBC and ITV out filming and with several American stations and magazines picking up the Royal fever. We’re hopeful that, in the long term, this will highlight the profile of Glamis and, all being well, will generate benefit to our local economy.”
The castle will offically open to the public this Saturday, when the Queen Mother Memorial Gates open at 10am.
On Friday Friends of Glamis will be welcomed back at a special open day, and will be treated to a Whisky Tasting session with Scotland’s leading whisky expert Charles McLean.
Commenting on the appointment of David as the new administrator Libby said: “Permanent staff who have been working throughout the closed season are delighted that David’s been appointed as castle administrator.
“While he is the one officially welcoming back all the permanent and seasonal staff for the first time, we are the ones who really welcome him.
“He has great enthusiasm and exciting plans to take Glamis forward.”