Queen giggles in teal dress as she attends Highland Games with Prince Charles and Princess Anne
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Queen giggles in teal dress as she attends Highland Games with Prince Charles and Princess Anne

The Queen could barely wipe the smile off her face as she cheered on competitors at the Braemar Gathering – the biggest event in Scotland's Highland Games calendar.

The 92-year-old monarch was pictured giggling and pointing as she took in the action alongside Prince Charles and Princess Anne.

As patron of the Games, which are held just a short distance from the royals' summer retreat on the Balmoral estate, the Queen joined thousands of spectators to cheer on participants in the tossing of the caber and tug of war contests.  

The Queen could barely wipe the smile off her face as she cheered on competitors at the Braemar Gathering alongside Prince Charles and Princess Anne

The Queen could barely wipe the smile off her face as she cheered on competitors at the Braemar Gathering alongside Prince Charles and Princess Anne

The royal ladies giggled their way through the event. The Queen opted for an elegant teal dress and jacket while Anne sported a powerful navy number

The royal ladies giggled their way through the event. The Queen opted for an elegant teal dress and jacket while Anne sported a powerful navy number

Prince Charles appears to show the Queen and Princess Anne something in the Braemar Gathering annual. The trio were in good spirits as they took in the action  

Prince Charles appears to show the Queen and Princess Anne something in the Braemar Gathering annual. The trio were in good spirits as they took in the action  

The 92-year-old monarch was beaming with joy after being handed a bouquet of flowers by a young Highland dancer on arrival

The 92-year-old monarch was beaming with joy after being handed a bouquet of flowers by a young Highland dancer on arrival

She couldn't wipe the smile from her face as she shook hands with organisers She sported a beaming smile all day

She couldn't wipe the smile from her face as she shook hands with organisers and made her way to the pavilion 

Prince Charles, the Queen and Princess Anne read the event programme and hold a conversation at the Braemar Gathering 

Prince Charles, the Queen and Princess Anne read the event programme and hold a conversation at the Braemar Gathering 

Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth share a joke with one of the kilt-wearing competitors

Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth share a joke with one of the kilt-wearing competitors

The event is always held on the first Saturday in September at The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park in the Aberdeenshire town.

Pipe bands and dancers also performed to the crowd, some of whom have travelled from around the world to watch.

It has been run in its present form since 1832, with Queen Victoria first attending in 1848. Since then it has been regularly visited by the reigning monarch and other members of the royal family. 

And in 1866 the monarch ordered that 'Royal' should be added to the name of the society.

The Queen smiles broadly as she watches the proceedings on Saturday flanked by Prince Charles and Princess Anne 

The Queen smiles broadly as she watches the proceedings on Saturday flanked by Prince Charles and Princess Anne 

The Queen and Princess Anne share a conversation 

The Queen and Princess Anne share a conversation 

Grand entrance! The Queen arrived in the Bentley State Limousine - an official state car created by Bentley for her on for her Golden Jubilee in 2002

Grand entrance! The Queen arrived in the Bentley State Limousine - an official state car created by Bentley for her on for her Golden Jubilee in 2002

An amazing bagpipe procession awaited their royal guests. The event has been run in its present form since 1832, with Queen Victoria first attending in 1848

An amazing bagpipe procession awaited their royal guests. The event has been run in its present form since 1832, with Queen Victoria first attending in 1848

Since then it has been regularly visited by the reigning monarch and other members of the royal family, and in 1866 the monarch ordered that 'Royal' should be added to the name of the society. Pictured: Young Highland dancers warm up before their performance

Since then it has been regularly visited by the reigning monarch and other members of the royal family, and in 1866 the monarch ordered that 'Royal' should be added to the name of the society. Pictured: Young Highland dancers warm up before their performance

A drummer performs during the Massed Pipe Band parade A piper plays at the event

A drummer and piper perform during the Massed Pipe Band parade at the Braemar Gathering

Drum majors from the Massed Pipe Band are kitted out in traditional Scottish tartan ahead of their big performance in front of the Queen

Drum majors from the Massed Pipe Band are kitted out in traditional Scottish tartan ahead of their big performance in front of the Queen

Visitors can watch competitions in events including tossing the caber, hammer throwing and tug of war.

Traditionally, the royals attend a church service at nearby Crathie Kirk the day after the Games.

This year, neither the Queen nor Prince Charles appeared to be wearing the Balmoral Tartan, which only members of the royal family are allowed to wear.