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British Royals

The Queen to miss the Braemar Games

The Queen is to miss one of the favourite parts of her stay in Scotland.

Royal officials have confirmed that Her Majesty won’t attend the Braemar gathering, a staple in her Balmoral diary. The Prince of Wales will be present at the games.

It was confirmed on September 2nd 2022 that The Queen would miss the gathering, for her comfort. It comes just days after it was announced that the appointment of a new Prime Minister will take place in Scotland rather than London to avoid uncertainty as Her Majesty continues to experience mobility issues.

The Braemar Gathering is the most famous of all the Highland Games and is traditionally attended by members of the Royal Family. It is always held on the first Saturday of September.

It’s believed that Malcolm III of Scotland first started the games but clan gatherings were banned in 1746 by the Act of Proscription which wasn’t repealed for almost forty years. The first modern games were held in 1832 with Queen Victoria beginning the modern tradition of royal attendance in 1844.

The Queen is known to be a big fan of the gathering and is often joined by members of her extended family at the celebration.

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