A right royal occasion at Balmoral

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Around 600 people gathered at the grounds of Balmoral to celebrate the royal wedding.

Crowds watched the ceremony on six large television screens and cheered as Prince William and Catherine Middleton tied the knot.

People travelled from all over the UK and abroad to soak up the atmosphere at the Queen’s Deeside retreat.

Garry Marsden, the visitor enterprise manager at Balmoral, was delighted with how the day went.

He said: “The day was an absolute success. It was difficult to predict how many people would turn up but it was just the right amount.

“The weather has been very good and everyone I have spoken to has had a great day. We could not have asked for more.”

Brother and sister Aria, 7, and Sebastien, 4, got in to the spirit of the day by dressing up as bride and groom.

Their mother Amanda said it would be a day the children would always remember.

“We came to Balmoral because it is a historic event and the children will never forget it, they are thrilled to be part of it,” she said.

Forbes McGregor, whose father is part of the Braemar Gathering committee, travelled up from Perth with his family.

He said: “We decided to come up here for the whole weekend because it is an event that is worth celebrating.”

Royal warrant-holder Barry Florence, of HM Sheridan Butchers at Ballater, said it was a proud day for him.

“It is a great honour to be here today. There can be nothing better than being here at Balmoral on a day like today.

“I wish the royal couple all the best for the future and hope they will spend a lot of time in Deeside.”

It was rumoured that the newlyweds may be heading to Balmoral this week for their honeymoon but have opted to delay their break until later this year.

The couple, however, did enjoy a short break at a UK location last weekend and a small crowd gathered outside Crathie Church for the service on Sunday morning hoping to see the couple but were left disappointed.