Gathering’s big moment at 2014 Glasgow Games

International audiences were treated to stunning views of Royal Deeside at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Games.

As well as panoramic views of the Deeside landscape, past and present champions of the Braemar Gathering took to the stage.

Team Scotland arrives at the Opening Ceremony

Team Scotland arrives at the Opening Ceremony

On arriving at Celtic Park for the opening ceremony on Wednesday, July 23, Her Majesty the Queen, patron of the Braemar Gathering, was presented with a bouquet of white heather by Highland dancer Connor Woodcock.

Braemar Royal Highland Society (BRHS) was asked to take part in the opening ceremony and to recreate the type of warm welcome that Her Majesty and other members of the Royal Family receive at the Annual Gathering in Braemar on the first Saturday of September each year.

The run-up to the ceremony saw a good number of members, supporters and competitors undergo several weeks of rehearsals.

Among those taking part on the night were BRHS committee members including President David Geddes, Vice-President Peter Fraser, Secretary, Willie Meston and treasurer, David Hampson. Captain Mark Nicolson, a Vice-Patron of the BRHS also took part.

Robbie Shepherd MBE and Robert Lovie, commentators at the Braemar Gathering, and other games across Deeside, were among those welcoming The Queen with the latter leading crowds in God Save the Queen.

The BRHS also included the Scottish Highland Games Association in the event with President, Charlie Murray, Secretary, Ian Grieve and Treasurer, Iain Watt participating.

Gathering champions took to the stage including dancer, Laura Smith, Grampian Games top heavy athlete, Bruce Robb, along with other local heavies Kyle Randalls and Craig Sinclair.

The Royal Family’s own tug-o’-war team from Balmoral Estate also took part in the ceremony alongside their opponents from Invercauld Estate.

Many of the beautiful sites on Deeside reached a worldwide audience as they featured on the widescreen display that dominated Celtic Park.

This year’s Braemar Royal Highland Gathering will be staged at the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park in Braemar on September 6.