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The Queen is joined by family for opening of Highland Games

Queen Elizabeth was on hand to watch the Braemar Highland Games, along with Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Princess Anne.

The Queen, who wore a pale purple dress and hat, was seen sharing a laugh with Prince Charles before focusing her attention back on the Games.

The Queen and Prince Philip have spent the month of August at their summer residence, Balmoral, in the Scottish Highlands, and regularly attends the Braemar Highland Games while in Scotland.

The Braemar Highland Games began in 1832, and since 1848, is usually attended by the reigning monarch and members of the Royal Family. The monarch also acts as patron of the Braemar Royal Highland Society, which celebrated its 200th anniversary last year.

The Highland Games is usually held on the first Saturday of September each year, at the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Thousands from around the world attend every year.

According to the Braemar Highland Games’ official website, events include Highland dancing, piping, tug of war, sack race, Putting the Stone, Tossing the Caber, Throwing the Hammer, sprinting, relay race, and hill race.

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