PRINCE Charles was in the Scottish Borders today to officially open the new offices of an environmental charity.

The Duke of Rothesay, as he is known north of the border, took part in a number of engagements around Hawick, St Boswells and Melrose.

He opened the new offices of Tweed Forum - a charity dedicated to protecting and conserving the River Tweed and its surroundings - at Old Melrose.

Charles met many who are involved with the charity, which involves farmers, foresters, landowners and ghillies working with public and private sector bodies on both sides of the border to help restore the river, boost fish stocks and attract tourists.

Charles unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening of the new offices.

James Hepburne Scott, Tweed Forum chairman, said: "We are delighted that His Royal Highness officially opened Tweed Forum's new offices.

"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."

Charles also visited Mainstrett Trading in St Boswells, as well as enjoying a tour of Hawick town centre and the knitwear premises of Scott and Charters.