Let the games begin
The PRINCE of WALES, or the Duke of Rothesay as he is known north of the border, has become the first ever royal patron of the Scottish highland Games Association (SHGA) in this, its 70th year.
Supposedly invented in the 11th century by King Malcolm III as a way to source the fittest fighting men, the games include dancing, cycling, tug o’ war, hammer-throwing and tossing inordinately large logs (or cabers), all to the tune of an enthusiastic piper.
It all kicks off in mid May and continues until mid September and the SHGA oversees 61 of the 80 events across Scotland. Prince charles is chieftain of the Mey highland Games in caithness, where he umpired a tug o’ war last year, and is also often to be seen at the Braemar gathering. Visit www.shga.co.uk for the full list of events.