Charles and Camilla deploy giant knitting quilt at Dumfries house

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have unveiled a giant knitted art installation in Scotland as part of a project to ‘make the world knit’.

Charles and Camilla were at Dumfries House in Ayrshire where they deployed the huge patchwork mosaic, made up of over 9,000 hand-made squares weighing 130 kilos, from the historic Adam Bridge.

The Heir to the Throne personally came up with the idea for the colorful piece, which features squares contributed by individuals and knitting groups from around the world, including Australia and the United States.

Charles and Camilla, known as The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay while in Scotland, help reveal the knitted art installation (Andrew Milligan / PA)

The concept aims to celebrate knitting as a traditional craft form and highlight the associated mental health benefits that practicing the skill can bring.

It was organized by the charity of Charles The Prince’s Foundation.

The Prince’s most trusted aide, Michael Fawcett, temporarily resigned as the Foundation’s chief executive over the weekend after being accused of promising to help secure a knight’s title and British citizenship for a Saudi billionaire donor.

The Mail on Sunday published a 2017 letter in which Mr Fawcett allegedly wrote that he was willing to file a request to change the honorary CBE of businessman Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz to a KBE, and support his citizenship application.

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Charles and Camilla on their visit to Dumfries House in Ayrshire (Andrew Milligan / PA)

The letter, written on letterhead in Mr. Fawcett’s capacity at the time as Managing Director of the Dumfries House Trust, stated that the applications would be made in response to “the most recent and anticipated support. “of the trust.

Clarence House said Charles had “no knowledge” of the alleged honors money scandal.

The Metropolitan Police have been called upon by the Republic pressure group and former Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker to investigate the allegations.

The Prince’s Foundation said it was taking the allegations seriously and investigating the matter.

On Thursday, at the prompt of a 3-2-1, Charles and Camilla helped hoist the display onto the bridge.

The prince, who was dressed in a kilt and sporran, said: “I really want to offer my congratulations. It’s just wonderful.

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The art installation (Andrew Milligan / PA)

Admiring the show under the bridge, Camila then said, “It’s awesome. The colors are fantastic.

The Prince’s Foundation team, headquartered in Dumfries House, received knitted squares from around the world, with contributors ranging from Sasha Bolt, nine, of Sanquhar, to Ethel Carlyle, 101, of Troon, deceased shortly after. bringing his square.

The pieces were sewn together by Foundation staff, participants in the association’s textile programs and prisoners at Cornton Vale Prison in Stirling as part of a rehabilitation initiative.

Royal visit to Ayrshire

The Royal Visit to Ayrshire (Andrew Milligan / PA)

The quilt will eventually be dismantled into smaller blankets and distributed to charities in need.

Ashleigh Douglas, future head of textiles for the Prince’s Foundation, said: “Knitting is known to have multiple benefits for the mind and body, including reducing depression and anxiety, relieving stress and improvement of motor functions. “

This project is part of a larger collaboration between the Foundation and the Joseph Ettedgui Charitable Foundation that aims to recreate hand-knitting communities in the region with an interest in turning their hobby into a viable business proposition.

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