The Queen has joined a crowd of more than 15,000 spectators to participate in the annual Highland Games meeting in the small village of Braemar in Aberdeenshire today.
She is patron of the Highland games event, which takes place a short distance from the summer residence Balmoral of the royals, and she visits regularly.
The Queen organized Boris Johnson in Balmoral on Friday evening, but the Prime Minister is not expected to attend the games after having aborted the expected weekend-long visit to return to Downing Street after a turbulent week in British politics.
The organizers of the prestigious event said they had expected a hectic day, with only a few tickets left for the many traditional competitions.
Also expected among the revelers is Dame Judi Dench, 84, who was seen yesterday at Aberdeen Airport to join the royal family for the annual gathering.
Braemar Gathering visitors are always held on the first Saturday in September at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park and can watch competitions at events such as caber throwing, hammer throwing and tug of war.
Her Majesty the Queen (center), accompanied by her son Prince Charles and Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, at the annual meeting for the Braemar Highland Games, which takes place nine miles from her Scottish residence Balmoral Castle
The queen, who is the patron of the Highland game event, was presented with flowers in the royal box for 15,000 spectators. To the right of Prince Charles are Autumn Phillips and Peter Phillips, the son of Princess Anne
A competitor takes part in the hammer throwing event at the annual Highland Games of the small village of Braemar in Aberdeenshire. The competition, which has been conducted in some form for more than 900 years, is taking place today
A young group of young people marches and plays earlier today during the opening of the games. Queen Elizabeth II, who is the patron saint of the tournament, is expected to appear in the royal box before noon
The men compete in a hard-fought tug of war during the event at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park
Children participate in the pocket race during the Braemar Highland Games 2019 at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park
A background band plays during The Braemar Highland Games 2019 at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park
Pipe bands and Highland dancers also perform during the meeting, which is organized by the Braemar Royal Highland Society.
The Braemar meeting, which is always held on the first Saturday in September, has been run in one form or another since the days of King Malcolm Canmore, nine hundred years ago, and in its current form since 1832.
Queen Victoria attended the meeting for the first time in 1848 and since then the reigning monarch and other members of the Royal Family have regularly attended it.
She had traveled to Balmoral earlier today, where Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds stayed according to the premier tradition in the summer. However, it is not expected that Dame Judi will spend much time with the couple, who has said they will not go to the Games.
President David Geddes said: “We expect a large crowd – we have fewer than 100 seats and there are 7,000.
& # 39; We have also sold a large number of ground tickets for entry to the park, which is unusual because we do not normally sell them until the day. We expect a good audience. & # 39;
Dame Judi Dench cut a casual figure yesterday when she arrived at Aberdeen Airport to join the Royal Family in Balmoral and later today for the annual Braemar meeting
Dame Judi Dench (left) is supposed to have joined the queen (right) at Balmoral and will attend the Braemar Gathering Highland Games. Boris Johnson and friend Carrie Symonds have also stayed in Balmoral, but are not expected to be present
The police have urged party goers to leave a lot of travel time behind because heavy traffic and delays are expected.
Inspector Matt Smith said: & Police Scotland has been working closely with event organizers and our other partners for months to ensure that the event runs successfully and safely. The presence of the police in the area will increase to ensure the safety of those present.
& # 39; There will be no street parking all weekend and motorists should use the designated parking garages for the event instead. These are indicated by signs and stewards are also available for direct drivers.
& # 39; Please note that there may be road closures at the last minute – your patience is appreciated. & # 39;
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