Queen giggles at Highland Games

Queen Elizabeth attended the Highland Games on Saturday (06.09.08).

Accompanied by her husband Prince Philip and their son Prince Charles, the monarch was greeted by a crowd of around 16,000 at the annual event, which is held in Braemar, Aberdeenshire.

The royal party watched various traditional events, including caber-tossing, Highland dancing and tug of war, with the queen taking particular interest in the dancing.

The queen – clad in a peach outfit and with a tartan blanket over her knees – later presented a number of awards to the winners in her role as patron of the event.

Both Charles and Philip were wearing kilts, and at one point the queen was seen giggling with Charles as they watched the events.

The Highland games take place on the first Saturday in September to coincide with the monarch’s annual two-month holiday to Balmoral Castle.

The games, which date back to the 11th century, see clansmen testing their physical strength in various contests before saluting the monarch as their chieftain.