Prince Charles attends Gaelic festival
Prince Charles has attended a Gaelic festival.
The Prince of Wales headed to Scotland for The Royal National Mod in Stornoway, Outer Hebrides – where he is known as the Lord of the Isles – to take in several performances from the musicians and dancers and to present a prize.
Charles, 67, handed the Gaelic Learner of the Year award to Carmine Calajezzi – who is from Italy – after he became fluent in the language following a cycling tour in the Western Isles.
According to the Press and Journal, John Macleod, president of An Comunn Gaidhealach (The Highland Association) said: “It’s an honour to have had His Royal Highness, the Lord of the Isles, attend this year’s Royal National Mod.
“Today has been a significant day in the history of the Mod, and I’m sure for the people of the Western Isles too.
“Carmine is a worthy winner of the Gaelic Learner of the Year award, his hard work and commitment has been remarkable.
“The level of competition already this year has been outstanding and we’re delighted to have witnessed such high levels of Gaelic being spoken in the younger generations.”
More than 50 competitions take place throughout the Mod across Stornoway.
The Highland Association founded the Mod and it counts Queen Elizabeth as its patron.
The festival features competitive performances of Gaelic music and song, highland dance, drama and sport.
This year’s Mod started runs from October 14 to October 22.