The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, also known as The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay when in Scotland, attended the Ballater Highland Games today.
The Ballater Highland Games have been held in Ballater since 1864 and are held annually on the second Thursday of August. The Games attracts athletes from across the world who compete in a variety of traditional events, including Piping, Highland Dancing and the Tug o’War. The Games also attracts crowds of more than 5,000 spectators from America, Canada, Belgium and France.
While in Ballater, The Duke and Duchess also met local residents from the village, who were affected by devastating floods last Christmas. The Duke met with homeowners and local businesses to see how they were recovering since his last visit in December.
The Prince spoke to Raymond Cooper, and his wife Susan, who were badly affected in December and January, and are still living in rented accommodation.
Mr Cooper said:
"Back in January, when the floods happened, I was actually out working as a council worker to prevent the flooding. I didn't know the extremity but I did when I came to see my wife being taken out by the fire brigade. There was about four-and-a-half feet of water in the house at the time.
"He [The Prince of Wales] has been completely involved right from the beginning. From helping to bring people together, and particularly the insurance company brokers, he has pulled them altogether so they can't hide behind bureaucracy, so I think that's been a huge help."