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The Diamond Jubilee celebrations were a huge success, with thousands of residents and visitors enjoying a spectacular day, and we are delighted that the Queen has chosen to visit the area in her Jubilee year. The Queen will be presented with the keys to the city and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh will be given the freedom of the city at the Tay Street viewing platform. There will also be a performance by the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. And the tour will visit Balhousie Castle and Perth College, before attending a luncheon at Scone Palace. Back in March this year Perth won declared Scotland's seventh city after winning a UK competition marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The town based its bid on Perth's long history as a city. The status was removed in 1975 as part of a local government shake-up.
HOPES of more baby ospreys at Loch of the Lowes faded yesterday. The first chick of the season was born at the Dunkeld attraction 18 days ago. But two other eggs laid by veteran female ‘Lady’ in her nest have failed to hatch.
Scottish Wildlife Trust Ranger, Emma Rawlings commented:
“It’s too late now, we don’t hold out any hope. “The two eggs should’ve hatched a week and a half ago.” “Lady’s started to ignore the other eggs, so she knows it’s over too.”
An osprey which is thought to be the UK’s oldest breeding female has hatched an egg at the Loch of the Lowes wild life reserve in Dunkeld.
The osprey, known as Lady – hatched her 62nd egg on Monday night, 21st May. Lady has returned to the Dunkeld reserve for 22 consecutive years. Almost 20,000 people were watching developments via webcam. Lady has returned to the Loch of the Lowes reserve for 22 consecutive years, producing 48 chicks that have fledged. She has laid three eggs this year. The new chick is the first at the reserve since 2010. Lady’s eggs failed to hatch last year, despite being proved to be fertile.
Emma Rawling, a ranger for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, said: “To successfully fledge this number of eggs is a quite unbelievable achievement. “We expect her to reach the milestone of 50 later in the week. “We’ve had interest from all over the world and people visiting in their droves since the eggs were laid.” She added that the chicks would be tagged to monitor the exact routes, timings and behaviours of the birds as they migrate.
High life: The Old Lady of the Loch 6,000 miles Distance travelled by the Old Lady of the Loch every year during her migration. She has flown an estimated 150,000 miles in her lifetime. 25 years The bird's probable age. 62 eggs The number of eggs she has laid, 48!! of which have hatched.
John Murray, the 11th Duke of Atholl and commander of Britain's only private army, has died in a hospital in South Africa. The 83-year-old former land surveyor, who inherited the title in 1996, visited Blair Atholl, Perthshire, from his home in South Africa every year for the Atholl Highlanders' parade and gathering held at the end of May. He last visited in 2010 but was unable to return in 2011 due to ill health. Officials said this year's event, planned for the weekend of May 26-27 would go ahead as planned. Blair Castle, the family seat since 1269, flew the Duke's standard at half mast as a mark of respect. An official from Atholl Estates said: "It is with great sadness that we report that John Murray, the 11th Duke of Atholl, died peacefully in hospital in the early hours of Tuesday May 15, 2012. "As a mark of respect the Atholl flag will fly at half mast, at Blair Castle. "The Duke was Colonel-in-Chief of the Atholl Highlanders and over the years had become a well known figure on Atholl Estates. He visited Scotland every year for the Atholl Highlander's parade and gathering held at the end of May.
If you didn't already know, we all had something to celebrate at the end of April. A fairy tale Royal Wedding took place in London at Westminster Abbey. Prince William and his new bride Catherine were made the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their wedding day. Our Queen conferred the Dukedom, the highest rank in the British peerage, on the Prince as is customary on their occasion of a royal marriage. He was also given a Scottish title and a Northern Irish one, the Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus.
The one which you may find the more interesting of these two, is the Earl of Strathearn. The earldom of Strathearn is the oldest of the titles conferred on Prince William. Strathearn is an area in Perthshire that includes the town of Crieff - Gateway to the Scottish Highlands and it is sometimes seen as marking the border between the Lowlands and the Highlands.
The first Earl of Strathearn was Robert Stewart who took the title in 1357. The Dukedom of Strathearn later passed to Prince Edward, the father of Queen Victoria. Prince Arthur William Patrick Albert, the third son of Queen Victoria, was created Duke of Connaught and Strathearn. The title eventually passed to his grandson, who died in 1943, when the title lapsed.
I must confess that I am proud to be part of this earldom of Strathearn, living only a few miles from the town of Crieff. I shall look forward to seeing the Earl and Countess of Strathearn when they visit this beautiful part of the United Kingdom. I expect those of you who are vacationing here will as well, so check out this news page regularly.
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