The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have been joined by Tony Blair at this year's Braemar Gathering in Aberdeenshire.
The Queen enjoys the spectacle of the gathering
The prime minister and his wife Cherie were among the 20,000-strong crowd at the traditional Highland games.
The Queen, wearing a lemon and white checked outfit and matching hat, and
Prince Phillip, dressed in a kilt, arrived at the games arena in a maroon
Mr Blair smiled at the crowd as he joined his wife in the royal box.
The Queen was presented with heather posies by 12-year-old Erin MacAlpine, from Braemar.
Pipes and dancers
Afterwards, she admitted being slightly nervous before her big moment.
"The Queen thanked me for the flowers and asked me where I was from," she
The grand event, which features all the track and field competitions
associated with traditional games, this year featured a special appearance by the pipes and drums of the 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles.
Pipers and dancers performed while teams from the forces competed in the
inter-services unit tug of war championship and in the services medley relay race.
The Blairs joined the Queen and Prince Philip in the royal box
The Braemar Gathering, which is always held on the first Saturday of
September, has a history stretching back to the days of King Malcolm Canmore, 900 years ago.
Legend has it that King Malcolm called the clans to the Braes of Mar to select
by competition the hardiest warriors.
The gathering as it is known today has been organised by the Braemar Royal
Highland Society for 186 years and, during much of that time, large crowds
attended each year to pay tribute to their monarch.