A whisky distillery had a royal visitor to receive a special gift that was three decades in the making.
The Duke of Rothesay visited Royal Lochnagar Distillery, near Balmoral, yesterday to be given a rare cask of single malt whisky.
It was filled in 1988 when Charles toured the premises and met employees, and was done to mark the 140th anniversary of the first royal visit to Royal Lochnagar distillery by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1848.
A smiling Charles spoke about becoming a grandfather again during the visit, where he sampled the 30-year-old malt produced in his honour.
Asked if he had toasted the news of Harry and Meghan’s baby, the prince replied with a laugh: “Oh yes, absolutely. Several times, thank you.”
Sampling the single malt, Charles remarked on its initial sweet notes before describing it as “frightfully good”.
He has donated the contents of the cask to raise funds for The Carriage in nearby Ballater, a bistro and tearoom at the village’s newly restored Old Royal Station.
The historic venue was devastated by a fire in 2015.
It has been brought back into public use with the help of the Prince’s Foundation.
Bottles of the special edition malt are expected to be purchased via a ballot run by The Whisky Exchange for around £1,200 each.
Ewan Andrew, director of distillery owner Diageo, said: “We are delighted to have welcomed Prince Charles and to formally hand over this special cask, which will become the oldest single cask bottling of Royal Lochnagar Scotch whisky.”