Queen meets Ballater flood victims

The Queen visited businesses damaged by the floods
The Queen visited businesses damaged by the floods

The Queen has visited Ballater to meet members of the local community whose homes and livelihoods were affected by last winter’s devastating flooding.

Around 600 homes and 100 businesses in the village were hit as the River Dee swept through following Storm Frank.

The Queen’s visit began with a short walk along Bridge Street to see the recovery efforts of local businesses.

She then met residential flood victims and community members who played a crucial role in the flood response.

The monarch was taken on a drive through the caravan park to see the landscape which was heavily impacted by floodwater, alongside a section of the site that was reopened in May.

Her visit ended at Ballater Golf Club for a short reception to celebrate its reopening.

Local councillor Geva Blackett said: “It was wonderful to see Her Majesty in Ballater today - she is always so interested in what people have to say and I am sure was heartened by how the community spirit has shone through the troubles experienced here this year.”

Fellow councillor Katrina Farquhar added: “Lots of local residents came to see her and the atmosphere was really good. Her Majesty was very interested in what everyone had done and she showed a real love of the village.

“Everyone involved is delighted and feeling very pleased tonight.”