Royal couple enjoy touch of the blues

The Duke and Duchess of Rothsay visit the Jazz School at Edinburgh Napier University, and listened to a performance by the Dave Batchelor band, as part of the Festival Jazz Orchestra.
The Duke and Duchess of Rothsay visit the Jazz School at Edinburgh Napier University, and listened to a performance by the Dave Batchelor band, as part of the Festival Jazz Orchestra.
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The Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Rothesay joined Jools Holland for a special concert at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival during an eventful day in the Capital.

The royal couple enjoyed a performance by jazz pianist Stephanie Trick, who was later joined on stage by Holland for a duet at Tron Kirk.

The Duchess of Rothesay watched a baton handover and attended a Reception  to celebrate the success of the Royal Voluntary Service's Scottish Baton Pass Challenge. Pic: Phil Wilkinson

The Duchess of Rothesay watched a baton handover and attended a Reception to celebrate the success of the Royal Voluntary Service's Scottish Baton Pass Challenge. Pic: Phil Wilkinson

Holland, who also performed with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra as part of the festival, said: “We performed with the big band and it went great, it was a fantastic crowd.

“It’s great that the royal couple have come here to shine a light, because it will draw attention from
all over the place to the fact that the jazz festival is on and it’s one of the best jazz festivals in the world so we need to let people know about that.”

Camilla later climbed aboard a motorbike as she attended a reception to celebrate Scottish volunteers.

The event was held to mark the success of the Scottish Baton Pass Challenge, which has been run by the Royal Voluntary Service ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

Camilla watched the baton arrive at City Chambers on a Triumph Thunderbird, which belonged to the late celebrity chef Clarissa Dickson Wright.

It was driven by volunteer Drew Drent, 34, with Margaret Collinson in the sidecar. The 84-year-old has been volunteering since the age of 14, and was presented with the British Empire Medal this year. Meanwhile, the prince visited Dovecot Studios in Infirmary Street.