The Prince of Wales’ foundation has begun a collaboration with Johnnie Walker over a special Scottish dram.
PRINCE CHARLES took a comprehensive tour of Edinburgh’s new Johnnie Walker tourist attraction before announcing a new relationship between The Prince’s Trust and the Scottish spirits company.
On Friday, Charles, Camilla, and the Queen herself were all in Scotland for a variety of royal events, including a tree-planting ceremony. The opening of Edinburgh’s new tourist attraction, Johnnie Walker Princes Street, was also on the agenda for the Prince of Wales, who is known in Scotland as the Duke of Rothesay.
The whisky shrine, in fact, just opened its doors a few weeks ago.
Diego, the parent company of Johnnie Walker, has invested £185 million in the property, which used to be the House of Fraser.
Before installing an official plaque on the 1820 terrace bar with a beautiful view of Edinburg Castle and the city’s skyline, Charles paid a visit to the 8-story distillery-museum-school-rooftop bar complex.
The Prince’s Trust, which he founded, will now collaborate with the Johnnie Walker Learning for Life Academy.
The organization will provide training and job opportunities to help the hotel and tourism industries recover in Scotland, as well as the people who come to The Prince’s Trust for assistance.
The students at the aforementioned Walker Academy even made Prince Charles a unique drink.
The “Duke of Rothesay” drink, named after him, was created using Johnnie Walker Autumn (the first seasonal whisky unique to Johnnie Walker Princes Street) and garnished with ingredients from the Dumfries House estate’s gardens.
His Royal Highness delved into the Johnnie Walker Archive, looking at records dating back to the company’s beginnings and the first Royal Warrant for the delivery of its Scotch whiskies to the Royal Household, which was granted by King George V in 1934.
“It’s been an honor to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Rothesay to officially open Johnnie Walker Princes Street, and a pleasure to celebrate this special moment with our people and the students we’re training for an exciting future in the hospitality industry,” Ivan Menezes, CEO of Diego, said.
“We are grateful to His Royal Highness for his interest in the Scotch whiskey industry, and we look forward to working with The Prince’s Foundation to offer possibilities for individuals in communities across Scotland to enter into training and employment.”