Stately home Dundas Castle at Queensferry recently helped make a dream come true for a young girl.
Normally, the castle is the venue for exclusive weddings and corporate events, but last month the estate was approached by Make-a-Wish UK (the charity that grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening illnesses) to help make the wish of an extremely ill four-year-old come true.
Victoria Stewart, from East Lothian, has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) and was thrilled that her wish to be a princess for the day and to dance with a prince would come true.
Staff at Dundas made special arrangements to ensure that the event was especially memorable for Victoria.
Victoria and her parents were collected in a white limousine from their home and driven to Dundas Castle. A trumpeter’s fanfare and her prince greeted Victoria who was then taken to one of the luxury bedrooms where she found her princess gown, pink shoes and many other treats.
A professional make-up artist was on hand to pamper her and dress her before she made her way to the grand hallway to dance with her prince.
Dundas events co-ordinator, Morvern Lucas, organised for a jester to entertain with balloon modelling and the Guide Dogs for the Blind brought along four small puppies for her to play with as she has always loved dogs.
Sir Jack Stewart-Clark, who owns Dundas Castle, even asked his private chef to create a fun lunch fit for a princess which included a pink cake and home-made savoury and dessert treats.
And after lunch a horse-drawn carriage took Victoria and her family for a tour of the estate, which had been decorated with fairytale characters.