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Royal visitors get taste of textiles in the Borders

Textile tour
Image caption The royal couple received a blanket from lecturer Emily Quinn during a visit to the School of Textile and Design at Heriot-Watt University in Galashiels

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have been given a taste of the importance of textiles to the region during a visit to the Borders.

They toured Robert Noble's March Street Mill in Peebles and Johnston's of Elgin's Eastfield Mill in Hawick.

They also visited the School of Textile and Design at Heriot-Watt University in Galashiels.

The prince, who holds the title of Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, is a patron of the Campaign for Wool.

The couple also visited the community allotments at the Peebles mill and the prince was given a tour by pupils from the town's Kingsland primary school.

Primary six pupil Alex Diggins, 11, said: "He seemed very interested in the allotment - he asked us what we were growing.

"It was nice of him to come and see our work."

Fellow pupil Ruth Ridley, 10, added: "When we were waiting we were getting really shaky but when he started talking to us our nerves went away.

"He was really nice."

The royal couple were shown how fabrics at the mill are washed and checked, before viewing some finished products.

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