Britain’s Queen Elizabeth will not attend Braemar Highland Gathering in Scotland

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth will not attend the Braemar Highland Gathering, an event in Scotland, this weekend, a Buckingham Palace source said on Friday.

The decision was made with the 96-year-old monarch’s comfort in mind, the source said, adding that Prince Charles, heir to the throne, would attend as planned.

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The gathering in the city about 90 miles north of the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has existed in one form or another for 900 years and has been regularly organized by the reigning monarch and members of the royal family since 1848, its organizers said. . Prince Albert bought Balmoral for Queen Victoria four years later

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the Braemar Highland Games 2019 on September 7, 2019 in Scotland.Samir Hussein/WireImage File

It is one of the few occasions when the Queen is usually seen in public during her stay in Scotland during the summer months.

She is the godmother of the gathering, whose events include caber throwing and tug of war. Organizers say she has attended every year since her accession to the throne in 1952. It was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier in the week, a palace spokesman said the Queen would appoint Britain’s new prime minister at her residence at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, rather than Buckingham Palace in London, due to mobility issues.