Children on 'Katie Morag island' sing in Gaelic to Duke and Duchess

The Isle of Coll, which is known as the fictional Isle of Struay from the children's books, was visited by Prince Edward and wife Sophie on Tuesday.

School pupils on a tiny Scottish island entertained the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh by singing in Gaelic in the first Royal visit to the Isle of Coll in 12 years.

Coll, which is located west of Mull in the Inner Hebrides, is also known by its alter ego the Isle of Struay – the home of fictional character Katie Morag from the adventure books by Mairi Hedderwick.

The island, which spans 13 miles by three miles, has a population of just 171 according to census figures released on Tuesday and last welcomed Princess Anne to the island in 2012 to open a new community centre and hostel.

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh visited Coll as part of a tour of islands on the west coast on Tuesday, with the Royal couple also taking in Skye and Tiree.

On Coll, they met with the island’s six school pupils, representatives of tourist businesses on the island and Project Trust, which has been training and providing volunteer opportunities overseas to youngsters from all over the UK for the past 55 years.

Although their visit was short, the children sang a Gaelic song for the Duke and Duchess before they departed.

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