A Royal appearance at Ballater Games

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The rain held off as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay paid a visit to the Ballater Highland Games for its 150th anniversary.

Prince Charles and Camilla arrived at Ballater’s Monaltrie Park at midday on August 14, where they were greeted by Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire, James Ingleby, and his wife Moira.

The royal couple were welcomed by the Combined Pipe Bands of Ballater & District, 47 Culter Boys Brigade, Kintore & District and Towie & District, entering the ring, before they visited the Information tent to enjoy an exhibition of historical photographs courtesy of Clan Farquharson.

The Duchess’ grandchildren greeted the pair, and the Duke and Duchess spoke to a number of local stallholders including the team from the Cambus O’May Cheese Co, who presented Prince Charles with a locally made cheese.

The Royal visit marked a special year for the Games, as it celebrated its 150th year. Ballater has hosted the event, which features heavyweight and lightweight events, since 1864, with an interruption only during the war years.