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Charles and Camilla to attend Highland Games

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, as the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are known in Scotland, will attend the Ballater Highland Games later this month to mark 150 years since its founding.

The a Duke and Duchess of Rothesay will attend the 150th running of the games

The a Duke and Duchess of Rothesay will attend the 150th running of the games

The royal couple will visit trade stalls showcasing local produce before watching a display of dancing and heavy events from the Chieftain’s Tent.

The Ballater Highland Games is an annual event; held on the second Thursday in August every year. This year will be the 150th anniversary of the games since they were founded in 1864.

Many famous athletes and champions have competed at the event, which takes place at Monaltrie Park.

A unique aspect of the Ballater Highland Games is that they have something for everyone. On Games Day there are multifarious trade stands and a fun fair to make the day enjoyable for both young and old.

To complete the day, Beat Retreat by the Pipe Bands is planned to take place at around 7pm on the Church Green in Ballater.

Ballater Highland Games were founded in 1864, with the first games being held on Wednesday 27th July on the Church Green in Ballater. Nowadays, the event takes place on the second Thursday of every August.

In 1889, and as the Games grew in popularity, Monaltrie Park was chosen as a new venue. Since then, the park has been the venue for the games every year; except the war years when the games had to be cancelled.

Athletes, pipers and dancers from all over the world will come and visit the games alongside Charles and Camilla.

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