Tayside and Central Scotland

Prince William to launch regimental museum appeal

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Image caption Prince William has become patron of the Thin Red Line Appeal

Prince William is to formally launch an appeal to secure the future of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum next week.

Kensington Palace announced that the prince, known as the Earl of Strathearn in Scotland, has become patron of the Thin Red Line Appeal.

He will tour the museum, based at Stirling Castle, on Monday.

The museum highlights the role played by the soldiers of the Regiment over the last 220 years.

The Thin Red Line Appeal will allow the museum to be redeveloped.

William will be shown around the museum by Brigadier Bruce Russell, the chairman of the Museum Trust,

He said: "I am delighted that the Duke of Cambridge, the Earl of Strathearn, has given his support and encouragement to this appeal, designed to safeguard the memory of a unique part of the British Army and of the nation's proud military and cultural heritage."

The prince will see the museum's key exhibits and meet members of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Battalion Army Cadet Force, Argyll veterans and serving members of Balaklava Company, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

He will sign the visitors' book and be shown items relating to the Queen's role as Colonel of the Regiment.

William will also be given an update on plans to redevelop the museum, following the recent announcement of Heritage Lottery funding.

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