A Royal Event

Posted: Monday 20 March 2017


HRH The Princess Royal performed the official opening of Countesswells on Friday, 20 March 1992.

On her arrival, HRH The Princess Royal was greeted on Countesswells Road by flag waving Junior pupils and the College pipe band. The official welcoming party included school prefects, the Headmaster, Mr George Allan, Dr Calum MacLeod, Chairman of Governors, Dr Gordon Smylie, Chairman of the Playingfield Committee, Mr Noel Gwynne College Clerk and Treasurer and Andrew Reid, Head Boy.

A commemorative plaque was unveiled in the entrance hall of the pavilion and a posy was presented to HRH The Princess Royal by Dr Smylie’s grand-daughter, Rachel (5). HRH The Princess Royal then toured the indoor facilities, meeting pupils in the main hall area. The party then viewed the playing fields where pupils from S2 were taking part in their afternoon sporting activities: netball, hockey on the new all-weather synthetic pitch and rugby. Before returning to the pavilion to meet invited guests, HRH The Princess Royal planted a commemorative cherry tree. She chatted with pupils Claudine Smith and Toni Reid who demonstrated their netball skills and watched 1st and 2nd junior rugby teams training. At the end of the visit, the Headmaster presented HRH The Princess Royal with a specially commissioned watercolour landscape “End of Winter, Lochnagar” painted by RGC Head of Art, Mr Donald Murray.

On the 25th of each month we will look book at Countesswells through the years, sharing news and images from our archive.

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