Royal visitor at Royal National Mod

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Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd), Scotland’s premier event celebrating Gaelic linguistic and cultural heritage, will this year play host to a very special visitor, HRH The Princess Royal.

On Tuesday 15th October, HRH The Princess Royal will visit the nine day celebration of Gaelic music, dance, drama, arts and literature. The Royal National Mod runs from 11th – 19th October 2013 and is set to attract thousands of spectators from across the central belt as it visits the Renfrewshire city for the first time in its 121 year history.

John Macleod, president of An Comunn Gàidhealach, will act as host to the Princess Royal as she visits what is traditionally known as children’s day during which numerous junior competitions take place during the day with prizes for choirs, individual singers, duets as well as linguistic skills.

He said: “We’re delighted to welcome a member of the Royal family to visit the Royal National Mòd at a time when we have seen a notable increase in the numbers of children entering competitions. It’s encouraging to see a real added interest in the Gaelic language and culture from the younger generation, and some of the credit must go to the continuing popularity of Gaelic Medium Education in the central belt.”

The Royal National Mòd is supported by Renfrewshire Council, Caledonian MacBrayne, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, EventScotland, the national events agency, the Royal Bank of Scotland, SQA, BBC ALBA, the Scottish Government and Royal Mail.