The royals are known for being quite serious in public but Queen Elizabeth couldn’t wipe the smile off her face on Saturday as she spent time in Scotland.
The 92-year-old, who is currently holidaying in the picturesque country, attended the Braemar Gathering – the biggest event in Scotland’s Highland Games calendar. She was joined by son Prince Charles and daughter Princess Anne for the festivities.
Queen Elizabeth is a patron of the Games and watched on in delight with her family as the tossing of the caber and tug of war contests got under way. Attending the event has been somewhat of a royal affair for hundreds of years, with Queen Victoria first attending in 1848.
It’s also convenient for the Queen as the Games are held just a short distance from her Scottish holiday home.
For her outing, the monarch opted for an eye-popping teal dress and matching hat combo. As always, she wore a stunning set of pearls around her neck and chose a smart pair of black shoes and matching gloves for her day out. She was also spotted carrying a practical Launer handbag.
Meanwhile, Prince Charles, who is known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, impressed in traditional Scottish attire. Princess Anne was spotted in a navy-blue dress. Similar to the Queen, the 68-year-old wore a stunning hat and similar shoes for the events.
The trio were clearly enjoying their time in Scotland, regularly laughing and giggling throughout the festivities. It’s no secret that the Queen shares an incredible bond with her children. Earlier this year, Prince Charles spoke about how his mother inspired his passion for gardening.
“We had as children, my sister and I, a little plot at the back of Buckingham Palace garden where we grew vegetables and things,” he explained to presenter Adam Frost on BBC show Gardener’s World.
During the show, he also credited the Queen Mother for his green thumb.
“I suspect it was probably partly to do with my grandmother’s wonderful garden at Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park where I spent a lot of my childhood. I remember being absolutely riveted as a child wandering about looking at all the plants.
“It was a wonderful woodland garden with masses of azaleas and rhododendrons. The smell and everything had a profound effect on me.”
While the Queen hasn’t been seen in public as often since she departed Buckingham Palace for her summer holiday in Scotland, she is expected to attend more royal events in the coming weeks.