Duke of Edinburgh and Queen lead royal party at Braemar Gathering as Charles larks around on an invisible motorbike

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Front row seats not good enough Prince Charles and Princess Anne chatted before Charles put his hands to his eyes like binoculars Photo (C) ALAN DAVIDSON, SILVERHUB
Front row seats not good enough Prince Charles and Princess Anne chatted before Charles put his hands to his eyes like binoculars Photo (C) ALAN DAVIDSON, SILVERHUB

Enjoying your retirement, Philip? Duke of Edinburgh and Queen lead royal party at Braemar Gathering as Charles larks around on an invisible motorbike

Her majesty looked in high spirits as she watched the Braemar Gathering today
Prince Charles, Princess Anne and newly retired Prince Philip also attended
Visitors watched Highland dancing and tug-of-war contests in Scottish village
Thousands attended the annual Gathering which has a 900-year history

The Queen (centre) was joined by Prince Philip (left) and Prince Charles (right) at the Braemar Gathering in Scotland
The Queen (centre) was joined by Prince Philip (left) and Prince Charles (right) at the Braemar Gathering in Scotland

The Queen looked in high spirits as she, Prince Charles and Princess Anne were joined by the newly retired Duke of Edinburgh at the Braemar Gathering in Scotland today.

Her Majesty, wearing a pink hat and carrying a black handbag, was seen smiling as she cheered on competitors at the Gathering – the biggest event in the Highland Games calendar.

The monarch, 91, was pictured sharing a joke with her son Charles, and they giggled in their traditional dress as Philip watched the Games unfold in the village of Braemar, 58 miles west of Aberdeen.

Revved up Prince Charles (left) looked to be enjoying himself alongside Princess Anne as the pair watched the action at the Braemar Games in Scotland
Revved up Prince Charles (left) looked to be enjoying himself alongside Princess Anne as the pair watched the action at the Braemar Games in Scotland

Held at the village’s Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park, the annual Games take place on the first Saturday of September.

They attract thousands of visitors from around the world who watch a variety of traditional events and competitions including piping, Highland dancing and tug-of-war contests.

The Gathering is held each year just a short distance from Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, where the royals spend their holidays. Traditionally, the royals attend a church service at nearby Crathie Kirk the day after the Games.

A smiling Queen was joined by Prince Charles (right) at the Scottish village's historic event
A smiling Queen was joined by Prince Charles (right) at the Scottish village’s historic event

It has a long history and dates back more than 200 years in its modern form.

But there have been Gatherings of one sort or another at Braemar since the days of King Malcolm Canmore, nine hundred years ago.

Queen Victoria first attended the Braemar Gathering in 1848. Since then it has been regularly visited by the reigning monarch and other members of the Royal Family.

Anne wore a crimson coat, dark blue hat and light blue kilt.

Her Majesty kept warm under a tartan blanket as she watched the Gathering with Prince Philip
Her Majesty kept warm under a tartan blanket as she watched the Gathering with Prince Philip

Both the Queen and Princess Royal were each seen holding heather posies while they watched the event on Saturday.

Prince Philip seemed to enjoy himself at the Gathering, just a month after he officially retired.

Despite his stepping down from public duties, he will continue his association with more than 780 organisations of which he is a patron, president or member of, though he will no longer play an active role by attending engagements.

Despite officially retiring last month, Prince Philip (pictured), 96, accompanied his wife, 91
Despite officially retiring last month, Prince Philip (pictured), 96, accompanied his wife, 91

Front row seats not good enough Prince Charles and Princess Anne chatted before Charles put his hands to his eyes like binoculars
Front row seats not good enough Prince Charles and Princess Anne chatted before Charles put his hands to his eyes like binoculars

Front row seats not good enough Prince Charles and Princess Anne chatted before Charles put his hands to his eyes like binoculars
Front row seats not good enough Prince Charles and Princess Anne chatted before Charles put his hands to his eyes like binoculars

His particular fields of interest include scientific and technological research, industry, the environment and sport.

In recent years, he has been admitted to hospital on a number of occasions for abdominal surgery, bladder infections and a blocked coronary artery.

The Gathering, a highlight of the Highland Games calendar, happens on the first Saturday of September every year. Pictured A weight-throwing competitor
The Gathering, a highlight of the Highland Games calendar, happens on the first Saturday of September every year. Pictured A weight-throwing competitor
The Queen (right) and Prince Philip (left) looked to be enjoying themselves at the Braemar Gathering at The Princess Royal & Duke of Fire Memorial Park
The Queen (right) and Prince Philip (left) looked to be enjoying themselves at the Braemar Gathering at The Princess Royal & Duke of Fire Memorial Park
Her majesty looked in good spirits at the gathering, which since 1848 has been regularly attended by the reigning Monarch
Her majesty looked in good spirits at the gathering, which since 1848 has been regularly attended by the reigning Monarch
The Queen wore a pink hat and a feather broach as she watched Braemar Gathering in Scotland
The Queen wore a pink hat and a feather broach as she watched Braemar Gathering in Scotland
The Queen wore a pink hat and a feather broach as she watched Braemar Gathering in Scotland - and kept warm under a tartan blanket
The Queen wore a pink hat and a feather broach as she watched Braemar Gathering in Scotland – and kept warm under a tartan blanket
The Braemar Gathering is held each year just a short distance from Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire
The Braemar Gathering is held each year just a short distance from Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire
The Braemar Gathering is held each year just a short distance from Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, where the royals spend their holidays
The Braemar Gathering is held each year just a short distance from Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, where the royals spend their holidays
The Queen was just one of thousands of spectators who turned out for the historic gathering. Pictured A competitor takes part in a weight throw
The Queen was just one of thousands of spectators who turned out for the historic gathering. Pictured A competitor takes part in a weight throw
Dancers at the Braemar Highland Gathering
Dancers at the Braemar Highland Gathering

Philip has carried out more than 22,000 solo engagements in his long career and given more than 5,000 speeches.

Philip’s appearances out and about with the Queen in the public eye since the start of 2017 have ranged from feeding an elephant at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo to attending the official opening of the Metropolitan Police headquarters at New Scotland Yard.

Solo engagements by the 96-year-old also included opening the new Warner Stand at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London and meeting actor Tom Cruise at a Buckingham Palace dinner to mark the 75th anniversary of the Outward Bound Trust.

Two year old Owen Yarnell attends the 2017 Braemar Gathering at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park
Two year old Owen Yarnell attends the 2017 Braemar Gathering at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park
A tug-o-war competitor gets their specialised boots dirty as they compete
A tug-o-war competitor gets their specialised boots dirty as they compete
The crowd enjoyed watching various traditional games during the festive day
The crowd enjoyed watching various traditional games during the festive day
A competitor in traditional dress hurls a weight and bar in the annual Gathering
A competitor in traditional dress hurls a weight and bar in the annual Gathering
The Queen was joined by Prince Charles
The Queen was joined by Prince Charles
other members of the Royal Family at the annual gathering in Scotland
other members of the Royal Family at the annual gathering in Scotland
Prince Charles (second from right) and Princess Anne (right) all attended the Gathering
Prince Charles (second from right) and Princess Anne (right) all attended the Gathering
Members of the Royal Family, including Prince Philip
Members of the Royal Family, including Prince Philip
Owen Yarnell and his mother Fiona Glennie got dressed up for the historic event
Owen Yarnell and his mother Fiona Glennie got dressed up for the historic event

Source: DAILYMAIL MAILONLINE

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