The Queen and David Cameron visit the Highland Games 2011
4th September 2011
Pipe bands and tossing the caber, as the Queen and the Camerons visit the Highland Games at Braemar in Scotland.
The Braemar Gathering is seen as one of the most important events in the Highland Games calender and has been been going on for around 900 years.
The Queen was clearly unhappy with her Prime Minister - and had no intention of hiding it from onlookers at the Braemar Gathering yesterday.
It all started to go wrong for David Cameron and his wife Samantha as they dropped behind the Queen and Prince Philip while greeting dignitaries on Saturday.
With the Camerons still dawdling, the Queen went into the Royal Pavilion and the National Anthem struck up.
The Camerons were caught out in the open and stood stiffly and awkwardly to attention . When the anthem finished, the dopey duo continued to chat while the royal couple were kept waiting.
And when they finally made it to the pavilion - after Princess Anne's husband Vice Admiral Tim Laurence went to get them - they broke protocol again by walking in front of the sovereign.
Highland games are events held throughout the year in Scotland and other countries as a way of celebrating Scottish and Celtic culture and heritage, especially that of the Scottish Highlands. Certain aspects of the games are so well known as to have become emblematic of Scotland, such as the bagpipes, the kilt, and the heavy events, especially the caber toss. While centred on competitions in piping and drumming, dancing, and Scottish heavy athletics, the games also include entertainment and exhibits related to other aspects of Scottish and Gaelic culture.
Highland Gatherings are held every week from May to October in the towns and villages throughout Scotland. Scots the world over have retained and maintained these traditions by holding Highland Games annually in countries as far afield as Canada, New Zealand, Indonesia, Australia, America and Japan.