As patron of the Games, the Queen joined thousands of spectators to cheer on participants in tug of war contests and tossing the caber. The games take place on the first Saturday of every September at the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park, west of Aberdeen.
Prince Charles chatting with the Queen; the Duchess of Cornwall was noticeably absent from the event, and she was recently spotted on holiday in Ibiza.
The Queen looked regal in a cream jacket, cream hat and placed a tartan rug on her lap as she took her seat.
Among the Queen's choice of jewellery I noticed her Braemer feather brooch. Her Majesty was presented with the piece by the Braemer Royal Highland Society for her Golden Jubilee in 2002. Shaped like an eagle's feather, it features a jubilee stamp on the back.
It was wonderful to see HM enjoying herself; we haven't seen much of her or Prince Philip during their Balmoral break, and certainly much less than in previous years.