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Charles roped in to help umpire tug o'war event at Mey Highland games

Published 06/08/2016

Charles at the tug o'war event
Charles at the tug o'war event
The Wick Pipe Band take part in a tug of war contest
The Prince of Wales, also known as the Duke of Rothesay
Children take part in a three legged race at the Mey Highland games
The Prince of Wales poses for a photograph with the winning tug of war team
The Prince watches an egg and spoon race
The Prince of Wales consoles a losing competitor after he judged the tug of war final
Charles watches a spoof horse dressage event

The Prince of Wales umpired a tug o'war competition during a visit to the Mey Highland games today.

Charles, known as the Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland, attended the Mey Games in his role as chieftain of the event on Saturday.

The games which are usually set in a field nearby to Castle Mey, the late Queen Mother's Scottish home in Caithness, were instead held at a field in John O'Groats due to the usual setting being water-logged.

He watched traditional Highland games events such as the three-legged and egg and spoon races as well as presenting a trophy to the winning tug o'war team which he was judging.

Charles drove to the event himself and was wearing traditional Scottish dress.

Around 400 people attended the event which included traditional events such as piping, putting the shot and tossing the caber.

The prince appeared to be in high spirits whilst watching a mock horse dressage with participants prancing around on a wooden hobby-horses.

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