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2 May 2019, 07:22
Prince Charles will meet Outlander star Sam Heughan on a visit to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland later this week.
He will also speak to students from a range of disciplines and see some of their creative and performance work when he visits on Friday.
Charles, who is known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, is patron of the conservatoire.
Heughan, who graduated in 2003 and went on to star in Outlander. playing lead character Jamie Fraser, will later host a Q&A session with acting students.
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) describes itself as one of Europe's most multi-disciplinary arts education environments, teaching music, drama, dance, production and film.
Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, principal of the RCS, said: "We're delighted to have a patron who is passionate about the value of the arts to society and is committed, as we are, to the vital importance of early access to and progression in arts education.
"The arts have such a crucial role to play in the current and future well-being of individuals, communities and society as whole and this visit is a chance to celebrate the creative and performing arts at the Conservatoire and the strong commitment of our patron."
He added: "I'm also delighted that Sam Heughan is able to join us for this special occasion.
"Sam is a fantastic role model and I hope he too enjoys his visit.
"It's always a pleasure to welcome our graduates back home to RCS to share their experiences with current students."
On Thursday, Prince Charles will meet primary school children at a farming festival at a stately home he helped save for the nation.
The Spring Festival of Farming at Dumfries House offers children the opportunity to learn about food, farming and the countryside.
Charles will join children learning about topics such as caring for animals, growing fruit and vegetables, dairy farming, wool spinning skills and how an auction operates.
They will also have the chance to see and learn about turkeys, geese, hens, ducks, chickens, bees, sheep and pigs.
The range of workshops and experiences aims to complement classroom learning in primary schools and provide children with engaging, hands-on activities that will help bring to life and improve their understanding of food, farming, and the countryside.
Charles helped arrange a £45 million deal to buy the house in Ayrshire and its collection of Chippendale furniture.
He led a consortium of charities and the Scottish Government to make the purchase in 2007, with his own Prince's Charities Foundation contributing £20 million.
It had previously been in private hands and opened to the public in the summer of 2008 following intensive restoration work.