In pictures: Cabers thrown and stones thrown at the Highland Games

Members of the Royal Family were joined by thousands of spectators for the annual celebration of Scottish sporting and cultural traditions at the Braemar Gathering.

The Queen, who has suffered mobility issues since last autumn, usually attends, but this year the Prince of Wales was in Aberdeenshire to enjoy the many disciplines on display, from caber throwing to Highland dancing .

Massed pipes and drums enter the parade arena at the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park in Braemar (Jane Barlow/PA)PA Wire/PA Images – Jane Barlow

Braemar Royal Highland RallyHighland dancers during their competition (Jane Barlow/PA)PA Wire/PA Images – Jane Barlow

Braemar Royal Highland RallyThe other competitors took a close look at the footwork (Jane Barlow/PA)PA Wire/PA Images – Jane Barlow

Braemar Royal Highland RallyThe Royal Gurkhas carry out a demonstration drill in the arena (Jane Barlow/PA)PA Wire/PA Images – Jane Barlow

The Braemar Gathering always takes place on the first Saturday in September at the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park in Braemar.

The event, which sees competitors testing their strength, dexterity and endurance in many sports, dates back over 900 years to the time of King Malcolm Canmore and has been run in its current form since 1832.

Braemar Royal Highland RallyTeams of tug of war competitors strained… (Jane Barlow/PA)PA Wire/PA Images – Jane Barlow

Braemar Royal Highland Rally…in a series of fierce battles (Jane Barlow/PA)PA Wire/PA Images – Jane Barlow

Braemar Royal Highland RallyA shot put competitor watches his stone land (Jane Barlow/PA)PA Wire/PA Images – Jane Barlow

Braemar Royal Highland RallyIt was a chance for people to reunite with friends (Jane Barlow/PA)PA Wire/PA Images – Jane Barlow

Braemar Royal Highland RallyA group of Nepalese dancers presented their traditions (Jane Barlow/PA)PA Wire/PA Images – Jane Barlow

Braemar Royal Highland RallyThousands of spectators turned out for the annual event (Jane Barlow/PA)PA Wire/PA Images – Jane Barlow

Charles and Camilla officially open Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee Arch at the Braemar Royal Highland GatheringCharles and Camilla officially open Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee Arch during the Braemar Royal Highland Gathering (Jane Barlow/PA)PA Wire/PA Images – Jane Barlow


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Jennifer R. Strohm