Queen and Dame Judi Dench expected among guests at Braemar Highland Games

Mail Online | 9/7/2019 | William Cole For Mailonline
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The Queen looked jubilant as she joined huge crowds to take in the annual Highland Games Gathering in the small Aberdeenshire village of Braemar today.

She is patron of the historic event, which takes place a short distance from the royals' summer residence Balmoral, and she is known to regularly visit.

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Receiving a gift of flowers from girls wearing traditional tartan, the Queen, 93, was in high spirits beside her son Prince Charles - known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland - and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall.

Standing next to the Prince were Autumn Phillips, who is rarely seen with the Queen, and her husband Peter Phillips, who is the son of Princess Anne.

Queen - Boris - Johnson - Balmoral - Friday

The Queen had been hosting Boris Johnson at Balmoral on Friday night but the Prime Minister is not expected to attend the games, having cut short the anticipated weekend-long visit to return to Downing Street after a turbulent week in British politics.

Organisers of the prestigious event said they had expected a hectic day, with just a few tickets left to watch the array of traditional competitions.

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Competitors took part in both running and sack races, tossing the caber, hammer throw, tug of war and highland dancing.

Also spotted amongst the revellers was Dame Judi Dench, 84, who had been spotted arriving at Aberdeen Airport yesterday to join the Royal family for the annual gathering.

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Pipe bands and Highland dancers also perform at the gathering, which is organised by the Braemar Royal Highland Society.

The Braemar Gathering, which is always held on the first Saturday in September, has been run in one...
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