Royal seal of approval for Falkirk’s Kelpies and kids

Stars of Big Bad Wolf's last production of 'Peter Pan'
Stars of Big Bad Wolf's last production of 'Peter Pan'

The Helix will be unveiled in all its crowning glory next month when The Princess Royal performs the official opening.

The ceremony on July 8 will mark the culmination of a host of visits by Royalty to the district.

Members of the Royal Family will meet everyone from schoolchildren to young offenders, veterans to hospice staff and patients, as they travel across the Falkirk area.

For Princess Anne the opening of the £42 million Helix will be her second visit in a week as she is due to make one of her regular tours of Strathcarron Hospice on Thursday, July 2.

Maureen Campbell, Falkirk Community Trust chief executive, said: “We are honoured that Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, will be joining us for the day. The success and popularity of The Helix continues to grow since the site opened, attracting visitors from all over the world.

“Now that we have a member of the Royal Family visiting The Kelpies, we can truly say that The Helix is becoming an iconic visitor destination on the map of Scottish tourist attractions.”

The same day his sister is at the hospice, The Earl of Wessex will be in town for several official visits.

On July 2 Prince Edward will be at Polmont Young 
Offenders Institution before going to Callendar House to visit its World War One exhibition.

From there he will go to the Boy’s’ Brigade Scottish headquarters at Carronvale House in Larbert, then on to the nearby Dobbie Hall where he will meet the children and management team from Big Bad Wolf Children’s Theatre Company.

Looking forward to the Royal week, Provost Pat Reid said: “These Royal visits are a sign that communities are enjoying national recognition and it is a credit to all those who have worked so hard to transform this area in the last decade.”