Camilla opens new Maggie’s Centre
Monday 23rd September 2013, 2:50AM BST.
The Duchess of Cornwall has spoken of her pride at opening a new cancer support centre, as she was joined for the official launch by the Queen of Norway.
Camilla and Queen Sonja were in Aberdeen to open the Maggie’s Elizabeth Montgomerie Building next to the city’s Royal Infirmary hospital.
Known as the Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, Camilla has been president of the cancer charity since 2008 and has visited many of its 17 centres.
The royal pair toured the new building, which they first saw plans for during a previous meeting in Oslo, and broke a Kransekake, a Norwegian celebration cake, to mark the opening.
They also met Maggie’s staff, supporters and fundraisers, and unveiled a commemorative stone to mark the event.
The Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation, set up by golfer Colin Montgomerie in memory of his mother who died of cancer in 1991, helped to fund the centre by setting up an appeal alongside the Maggie’s Aberdeen Board and the Press and Journal newspaper.
Montgomerie and his family members attended the event.
Two girls, Leigh Bonthrone, 15, and Jemma Findlay, eight, whose families have been affected by cancer presented bouquets to the Duchess and Queen Sonja.
Addressing guests, Camilla, who wore a Roy Allen Lord of the Isles tartan dress, said: “As a very, very proud patron of Maggie’s, I just want to thank everyone here today for everything they have done to make this building so special.
“These places are the most uplifting places you could ever be, and you come out feeling better.
“That is surely the point of Maggie’s. You see so many smiling faces and that is what you want if you’re facing this terrible disease.”
Montgomerie said: “The opening of the centre is a very special day for myself and my family and I want to thank everyone involved in making this dream a reality.”
Earlier, the Duchess and Queen Sonja spent time talking with Leigh, from Kirkcaldy, Fife, whose father recovered from cancer, and Jemma, of Aberdeen, who lost her mother to the disease.
Leigh said: “The Duchess was asking about how Maggie’s can support people. I told her how the centres had helped my family and how much one was needed here in Aberdeen.”