2nd September 2023

(2024 Gathering - Sat 7th Sept) 
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It is with great sadness that members of the Braemar Royal Highland Society learned of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen patron of the Society for more than seven decades.

With the Royal family’s summer retreat at Balmoral Castle a close neighbour to Braemar, Her Majesty was associated with the gathering from her first visit with parents and grand parents in 1933.

Upon her ascension to the throne she became Patron of the Society and was the longest serving member of the Royal Family to hold that position.

Over the past seventy years she missed the event on only four occasions and made it very much a family day out with her children and grand children joining her in the Patrons’ Pavilion at various stages of their own lives.

She also offered considerable support to both the Society and those who competed at the gatherings, including her own Balmoral tug-o-war team.

At this sad time I would like to pass on the sincere condolences of Society members and officials to Her Majesty’s close and extended family.

Peter Fraser


Braemar Royal Highland Society

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The 2023 Gathering will take place on Saturday 2nd Sept 2023. Tickets will go on Sale November 2022. Keep an eye on our social media for updates.

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The Braemar Gathering is always held on the first Saturday in September in The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park in Braemar.

While there have been Gatherings of one sort or another at Braemar since the days of King Malcolm Canmore nine hundred years ago, the Gathering has been run in its present form since 1832. During much of that time large crowds have come each year to acclaim their Monarch as Chieftain of the Braemar Gathering. 


Traditionally, the organisers of the Gathering were the Braemar Highland Society, originally established as the Braemar Wright Society in July 1815 and granted  Royal status by Queen Victoria in1866.  It is the oldest surviving Friendly Society in the UK.  


In 2002 the Society set up the Braemar Royal Highland Charity (BRHC), a wholly owned subsidiary, to undertake all of its charitable activities, including the organising of the annual Braemar Gathering. 


Since 1848, The Gathering has been attended regularly by the reigning Monarch and members of the Royal Family. The foot races at The Gathering are the world’s oldest, having been organised on a regular basis since 1832. 

The Braemar Royal Highland Charity organises and runs the Gathering and manages the Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Pavillion and Visitor Centre, which opened to the public in March 2019 and which houses heritage items dating back to the first games which took place under the Society auspices in 1832.   


The charitable aims of the BRH Charity are the following: 


  • to foster and promote local community development 

  • to educate the general public about the history, traditions, sports, language and culture and heritage of Scotland 

  • to organise the Braemar Gathering, and 

  • to organise sporting other recreational events and make available to all comers  


We need your support. 

As a charity, we rely on voluntary donations from individuals, companies and sponsors to undertake all of this charitable work, including the organising of the annual Braemar Gathering. The impact of the Covid pandemic on our income has been significant, as a result of the regrettable but necessary decisions to cancel the Gatherings in 2020 and 2021. Your support has never been more important. 


If you would like to know how your support can make a difference to the work of the BRH Charity and the Braemar Gathering, please click here.

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Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park, Braemar


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The Duke of Rothesay Highland Games Pavilion,

Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park,

Broombank Terrace,



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