Schedules weren't always followed on Jule 25th and 26th for The Gathering. There was some kind of "grapevine" which various groups accessed. For example . . . . . the RAMSAY tent was beside the ROSS tent, and I noticed a wee flurry of activity when George Ramsay began moving off with some of his retinue. Listening to the "buzz", Pat and I learned that the clan representatives were heading towards a presentation area where they would meet the Royal Party (HRH Prince Charles and HRH Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall).
Feathers identify the chiefs (3), the chieftains (2), and family members or representatives(1). George Ramsay, whom I followed, is far right in the next photo.
In the next photo, I am taking an educated guess that Charles and Camilla are being escorted into the group by the Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh, the Right Honourable George Grubb, since that is one of his specific duties. Very shortly, there is an announcement that Prince Charles wants the appearance of informality during the introductions . . . . . and that the chiefs should continue their casual conversations during the procedures.
Camilla switches sides in the presentation area. The next venue for Charles and Camilla is at the Main Arena of the grounds, and there is very little time for lengthy conversations.
Opening Ceremony on the Main Field
Prince Charles officially opened the Gathering of the Clans on the Main Field.
The Canadian Massed Pipes and Drums Band is seen practising near the university residences. The next three photos at the Main Field show the Canadian Maple Leaf flag of the colour party as the massed bands parade around the field.