NEXT week the Borders business will get the Royal treatment as Prince Charles visits the region.

As part of his duties as Duke of Rothesay, Charles will spend time visiting businesses in Melrose, St Boswells and Hawick on November 1.

One of His Royal Highness's duties for his visit will be to open the Tweed Forum's new offices in Melrose.

Representatives from the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution, farmers and maybe a few sheep will greet the Duke of Rothesay.

Tweed Forum Chairman James Hepburne Scott told us: “We are delighted that His Royal Highness will officially open Tweed Forum’s new offices and are greatly looking forward to telling him about our partnership approach to the management of the river, which is delivering significant environmental benefits.

"Together with all of our partners, we share a passion for this important river and it will be a privilege to tell His Royal Highness about the work we carry out to protect and conserve it.”

However, the beginning of Prince Charles's visit will be spent in Hawick. Where His Royal Highness will officially open Scott and Charters Knitwear's new factory, the first to built in Hawick for over 40 years.

He will then be present at a Hawico reception where he shall meet local businesspeople and before moving on to his next engagement, the Prince will step out onto Hawick High Street, where he will visit various shops and speak with the crowds which are certain to gather for the Royal visit.

In St Boswells, the Duke of Rothesay will greeted by local school pupils at The Mainstreet Trading Company. From here he will be given a tour of the former auction house with stops to visit the portable library van and to meet local producers.