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Visitors to Scottish castle to see replica of Prince William honour

2 July 2012

Visitors to one of Scotland’s royal palaces will be able to view a replica of Scotland’s highest order of chivalry which is being formally appointed to Prince William in Edinburgh later this week.

Stirling Castle, which was home to the Stewart Kings and Queens, including Mary, Queen of Scots, is offering visitors the opportunity to view a replica of an Order of the Thistle. The replica is on display to visitors to celebrate the installation of Prince William, the Earl of Strathearn, as a Knight of the Order at St. Giles Cathedral on Thursday (5th July).

The Order, the manifestation of which was originally a chain scattered with thistles of gold and worn over a robe, is granted by the Monarch and represents the highest order of chivalry in Scotland. The Order is believed to have been introduced in its current form by another Stewart King, James VII of Scotland (II of England).

A costumed performer playing a member of the Royal Court will be available at the castle to explain the history of the Order to visitors.

Gillian Macdonald, Executive Manager at Stirling Castle, which is run by Historic Scotland  said;

“Stirling Castle was home to the Stewart Dynasty of which the Order originates.

“We felt that it was a fitting venue to showcase a replica of the Order of the Thistle and explain its story to visitors.

“The Order’s motif has been incorporated into the recent renovation of the palace apartments, the interiors of which have been returned to how they may have looked at the time of a young Mary, Queen of Scots and visitors will be able to find out about life in the Royal Palace at  this time.”

The Order of the Thistle will be on display within the castle’s palace apartments until Thursday, 5th July

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