Attendance up despite damp morning at Braemar Gathering

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Overnight rain which continued into the morning failed to dampen this year’s Braemar Gathering.

The day turned out to be dry and pleasant with a good crowd attending - an increase in attendance from last year estimated around 16,000 to 17,000. A few records fell and the competition in all events was eagerly contested.

The Royal party arrived traditionally at 3pm to an enthusiastic reception from the crowds around the arena. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were accompanied by Admiral Tim Lawrence and Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha, who were attending their first Braemar Gathering.

Local girl Ellie McLaren, 11, a member of the Braemar Royal Highland Society’s Highland dancing class presented a posy of white heather to the Queen on her arrival. The singing of ‘God Save the Queen’ was led in fine style by Fiona Kennedy and Robert Lovie.

A visit this year by the Atholl Highlanders provided an additional colourful spectacle in addition to the always impressive massed pipes and drums. The Highlanders paraded in front of the Royal pavilion and were able to present their colours to Her Majesty The Queen.

Willie Meston, secretary of the Braemar Royal Highland Society, summed up the day: “After a pretty inclement start it turned into a beautiful day and from my point of view everything went very well indeed.”