The Highland Games are held annually in September, not far from Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire. A traditional event with sporting competitions such as sack throwing, hammer throwing, tug of war, log throwing, shot put, sawing and many other disciplines.
Divided into teams, all of which have self-chosen clan or tribe names, it goes to the individual competition stations. The winner is the clan that has collected the most points at the end. The late Queen Elizabeth II was a huge fan of the spectacle and rarely missed the games. Last year the Queen had to cancel the games. However, as her passion for the event was well known, it was suspected at the time that she might have health problems – she died a week later at Balmoral Castle, aged 96.
In that year, King Charles III. with his wife Camilla. The king had also often attended the event alongside his mother. The royal couple were joined by Princess Anne and her husband Timothy Laurence. The king himself appeared in a traditional kilt, the two ladies also chose an outfit with a checked pattern.
King Charles kilt pattern has a deeper meaning
There is also a very special meaning behind the design of King Charles’ tartan, also known as a kilt: “The green, blue and red tartan (weave of the fabric) was designed by the Scottish Tartans Authority earlier this year to mark the coronation and in recognition of the designed with His Majesty’s strong support in preserving the culture and traditions of Scottish Highland costume,” according to the Scottish Tartans Authority, according to the online magazine Daily Mail.
Another lovely touch is the closeness to Balmoral in the choice of fabric: “The unique design presented to His Majesty is based on the Balmoral tartan which dates from around 1850 and is still used today by the King and members of the Royal Household family,” said those responsible.
Every year on the first Saturday in September, thousands of visitors flock to the small Scottish village to witness the colorful Scottish tradition.
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