Royal welcome for the return of the Highland Games to Braemar
The Grampian Highland Games – the first to take place since the Covid-19 pandemic ended such events – were held at the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park and were enjoyed by a limited number of spectators.
Normally, thousands of people would gather to watch the traditional sporting events, music and dancing at this site, but this time the number was limited to 850. However, those who were lucky enough to be there were entitled to all the usual elements that make Highland Games unique. charm and character.
Prince Charles – boss of the Royal Scottish Highland Games Association, the governing body of the Highland Games – certainly seemed to be enjoying his day, mingling with the contestants, chatting with dancers from the Highlands, taking on the role of starter for the hill climb and getting involved in judging the tug’o’war.
He also made a special presentation of the Peter Nicol Award to Alison Milne, of Huntly, for over 50 years of service to Highland Dance at the Highland Games in the North East and across Scotland.
This ‘unique’ special event took place at the home of the annual Braemar Gathering, one of the oldest and most popular Highland Games in the world, mainly because this famous land had the infrastructure and seating capacity to allow for a excellent social distancing for competitors and the public.
After two years of cancellations, this was certainly a very welcome and much appreciated opportunity.