Dounreay shares its royal connections

Dounreay shares its royal connections

The prestigious Dounreay royal visits album is being shared with the local community with individual copies being presented to the Castle of Mey and Caithness Horizons.

The historic photographic record was presented to Her Majesty The Queen at Balmoral by a small delegation from Dounreay during her annual summer holiday at the castle in August.

The Queen Mother’s former residence played host to the handover on the last day of another busy season last Friday.

DSRL’s Tina Wrighton presented the albums to Joanne Howdle, curator for Caithness Horizons and accepting on behalf of The Castle of Mey trustees was John Thurso.

The album contains a collection of photographs dating back to 1957 when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother first visited the site.

It also contains photographs of her subsequent visit in 1961 and a visit by His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Lord Lieutenant of Caithness Anne Dunnett was also presented with her own personal copy of the album as a thank you for all her help with facilitating the visit to Balmoral.

"Thank you so much for the gift of the beautiful photo album." Anne remarked on receiving her copy.

"It is so unique and something I shall always cherish. It was a privilege to have been involved in the arrangements for this and thank you for giving me that opportunity:"

Photograph of Anne Dunnett’s presentation.