During a visit to the Art Gallery and Museum to mark its 120th anniversary, the Duke and Duchess of Rothschild turned their backs on the Kellogg’s exhibition.
Prince Charles and Camilla arrived at the famous West End institution this morning in a sunshine and a crowd of well-wishers.
His royal majesty has been featured in the museum’s finest exhibitions, including Salvador Daly’s Crust of St. John of the Cross and Charles Renee Macintosh.
During the visit, the couple met with museum staff and local school children, as well as students at the Glasgow School of Art, which Duncan Dornen, head of the museum and collections, described as “positive” after a difficult year.
He said: “I think the wave of emotion and relief from people is contagious so when we first opened it the fact that people were so excited to come back felt very different.
“And I think it has had a positive effect on the staff because if you’re doing something that clearly means a lot to people, it’s a great reward.
“We were expecting to go to many places around the museum and we were very short on time because they attracted a lot of collections when we went around but we managed to go to Dali which Obviously one of our most famous works.
“We have a lot of work on display as we go around. They spent some time looking at Robbins, who were recently discovered in our collection and are finally attributed to Robbins, so we spent some time looking at him. Spent, and pre-raffleites in the upper gallery.
“I think it was a very good, really positive thing that came after a very difficult 18 months. The staff had to work very hard to do their part to serve the museum.
“So it was a good, positive event as we move forward as expected, finally towards the end of it all.”
Camilla, wearing a paisley-patterned face mask sent by a member of the public, spent time with a group of six students at 18 Hill Head Primary, including teachers Elizabeth Dunn and Julie McNair.
To put things fairly, the children’s names were taken out of the hat – and a young Joel Adler was more fortunate to participate.
The 10-year-old said: “Six out of each class were selected to participate and my name was not mentioned for the first time.
“We were all really excited to be elected but it was more fortunate for me.”
Joel’s classmate Genevieve Forbes-Kothbertson said the Duchess of Rothsay asked what she was learning in school and what her favorite animals were.
The pair were part of a group that kept a model albatross for the Duchess, who patted her on the head and told the children: “This is a great place to come and learn.”
“We also visited parts of the museum and saw endangered and endangered species,” Genevieve said.
The confident students were eager to ask questions in front of the royal guest and to show their knowledge on COP26 and climate change.
Elizabeth said: “They were all anxious to come and excited for the tour, especially since they hadn’t been out of school for so long.
“We were very proud of him during the tour and the way he was so confident in asking questions – he asked a few questions that surprised us.”
The Kaliningrow Art Gallery and Museum opened for the Glasgow International Exhibition in 1901, and in 1902 the city became a city art gallery and museum.
It reopened in 2006 after being closed for three years for renovations and has since been welcomed by more than 19 million visitors.
Charles and Camilla were welcomed by Lord Philip Brett of Glasgow and met with members of the COP26 team and members of the Cabinet Office COP26 team.
Prince Charles visited the Charles Renee Macintosh section and met with students at the Glasgow School of Art, of which he is a mentor, while Camilla went to see Natural History Collection
The Duchess was also shown an example of what Higgs would look like if it were a real creature.