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Tartan touch from Prince Charles and Camilla in Highlands

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: August 15, 2014

The Duke of Rothesay shakes hands with Drum Major Bert Summers as he attends the Ballater Highland Games  150 years since they began

The Duke of Rothesay shakes hands with Drum Major Bert Summers as he attends the Ballater Highland Games 150 years since they began

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall turned out in traditional dress at a Highland Games during their summer stay in Scotland.

Charles and Camilla were welcomed to Ballater in Aberdeenshire, the Royal Deeside village where the Games are celebrating their 150th year. It was the first visit to the Ballater Games for the couple, who are often guests at the nearby Braemar Gathering in September.

Charles drove Camilla into the arena at Monaltrie Park where they were greeted by games secretary Ron Drever and Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire James Ingleby.

Camilla, in a green tartan-style skirt and matching jacket, was presented with a posy by dancer Abigael Gray, 11, while Charles's kilt caught the attention of the duchess's grandchildren, with one of them examining his sporran.

Athletes, pipers and dancers come from all over the world to compete at the games, which are held on the second Thursday every August.

The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, as they are known north of the border, traditionally spend the summer months in Scotland.

Last month they attended the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow before carrying out engagements in Caithness in the far north of the country.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh regularly stay at Balmoral Castle, the royals' private residence.

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