Harry & Meghan Coming To Scotland

6 February 2018, 17:47 | Updated: 6 February 2018, 17:49

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will visit Edinburgh on their first official joint visit to Scotland next week.

The prince and his fiancee will visit a social enterprise cafe and celebrate youth in the Scottish Year of Young People 2018 during a day of engagements.

Kensington Palace said the couple will have the opportunity to meet members of the public and learn more about organisations that work in the local community during the visit on Tuesday February 13.

Their first stop will be at the Esplanade in front of Edinburgh Castle, where they will be officially welcomed to the city by the Royal Marines Scotland Band and then watch the One O'clock Gun being fired inside the castle.

Prince Harry became Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Marines in December 2017.

The couple will then move on to the New Town to visit Social Bite, a social enterprise cafe which distributes 100,000 items of food and hot drinks to homeless people across Scotland each year, as well as employing staff who have experienced homelessness themselves.

In the cafe, Harry and Ms Markle will learn more about the social enterprise, meet staff and tour the kitchen.

They will be the latest in a string of high-profile visitors to Social Bite premises.

Hollywood star Leonardo di Caprio stopped for lunch at Social Bite venture Home in Edinburgh's west end in November 2016 while the Duchess of Cornwall and George Clooney have been to Social Bite's Rose Street branch.

Prince Harry and Ms. Markle will round off their visit by attending a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to celebrate youth achievements marking Scotland's Year of Young People 2018, an initiative that aims to inspire Scotland through its young people.

Youth representatives from various charities and organisations that work with and for young people across the country will be present, and the reception will provide an opportunity for them to talk about their aspirations for the year and the activities that they have been involved in so far.