King Charles III paid tribute to his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, as he attended the Highland Games today – an event particularly close to the monarch’s heart.
The King represented the royal family at the event with Queen Camilla – for the first time since the death of Queen Elizabeth.
The event – also known as the Braemar Gathering – was a particular favorite of the late monarch, who rarely missed the spectacle, which takes place each year near Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire.
The King and Queen were joined by Anne, Princess Royal and her husband Timothy Laurence. All four sat together and watched.
It comes a year after the late queen was forced to miss the event – initially sparking huge concerns for her health – and less than a week before her death.
King Charles III and Queen Camilla during the Braemar Gathering Highland Games, which took place not far from the royals’ summer residence at the Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire
The British King Charles III. And Britain’s Queen Camilla arrive at the annual Braemar gathering in Braemar, Scotland
Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence (left), Britain’s King Charles III. (centre), Britain’s Queen Camilla (right) and Britain’s Princess Anne, Princess Royal (third from left) attend the annual Braemar meeting in Braemar
Prince Charles often accompanied the monarch at the gathering, which has been taking place in some form for 900 years.
He still attended the event last year, although officials said the late queen was not injured “for her comfort.”
Charles wore a kilt in the newly created King Charles III tartan to the Braemar Gathering, while Camilla wore an outfit designed by Mr. Roy.
The Scottish Tartans Authority said: “The green, blue and red tartan was designed by the Scottish Tartans Authority earlier this year to mark the Coronation and in recognition of His Majesty’s strong support for preserving the culture and traditions of Scottish Highland dress.” Tartans.
“The unique design presented to His Majesty is based on the Balmoral tartan, which dates back to around 1850 and is still worn by the King and members of the Royal Family today.”
“The new tartan has been officially registered on the Scottish Tartan Register, managed by the National Records of Scotland.”
“The fabric, woven from 100% Scottish wool by Lochcarron of Scotland in Selkirk, incorporates a central triple stripe motif (one wide and two narrow) which is a feature of royal tartans previously worn by His Majesty, including the Duke of Rothesay, Duke of…” Tartans from Rothesay Hunting and Lord of the Isles Hunting.
“The colors have been adapted to the natural dyes of 18th century tartan patterns in the Scottish Tartans Authority collection.”
King Charles III stops a car as he arrives for the annual Braemar meeting in Braemar, central Scotland
The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence were also present at the Braemar Gathering Highland Games
Queen Camilla arrives at the Braemar Gathering Highland Games, held not far from the royals’ summer residence on the Balmoral estate
King Charles III, Queen Camilla, the Princess Royal and Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence arrive at the Braemar Gathering Highland Games, held not far from the royals’ summer residence at the Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire
A man competes during the Braemar Royal Highland Gathering at the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park in Braemar
Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence (L), Britain’s King Charles III (C), Britain’s Queen Camilla (R) and Britain’s Princess Anne, Princess Royal (3L) attend the annual Braemar meeting in Braemar
Hamza Yassin gestures during the Braemar Royal Highland Gathering at the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park in Braemar
People play the bagpipes during the Braemar Royal Highland Gathering at the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park in Braemar
The royal family first attended the games in the mid-19th century when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert purchased the castle.
It’s been almost a year to the day since the late Queen Elizabeth was forced to miss the event due to her failing health and mobility issues. She would die a few days later.