First time Queen Elizabeth skips Braemar Highland Gathering

first time queen elizabeth skips braemar highland gathering
first time queen elizabeth skips braemar highland gathering

This will be the first time in Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne that she has missed the Braemar Highland Gathering in Scotland due to health reasons.

It was with the Queen’s comfort in mind, a Buckingham Palace source stated on Friday. According to the insider, the heir apparent, Prince Charles, will be present as expected.

Queen Elizabeth II, age 96, has limited her public appearances in recent months due to health concerns. In October of last year, she was admitted to the hospital for observation due to an unknown health problem.

Due to mobility concerns, a palace official said on Wednesday that the Queen would pick the new Prime Minister of Britain at her Scottish estate, Balmoral Castle.

Braemar, a community sixty miles west of Aberdeen, is host to the Queen’s summer house at Balmoral, and annually hosts the Braemar Gathering, a celebration of traditional Scottish games, sports, and dancing.

According to the event’s organisers, the current queen and other members of the royal family have frequently attended the gathering since Queen Victoria’s first appearance in 1848. After those four years, in 1838, Prince Albert presented Queen Victoria with Balmoral.

This is one of the few times the queen is expected to make a public appearance in Scotland over the summer.

Her support of the caber toss and tug-of-war competitions at this festival is much appreciated. According to the event’s organisers, she has not missed it once since becoming monarch in 1952. Due to the epidemic of COVID-19, it was postponed until 2020 and 2021.

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