STATEMENT FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF HRH THE PRINCE PHILIP, THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH
Friday, 9 April 2021
We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh who passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
The Braemar Royal Highland Society extends our deepest sympathy to our Patron Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal family.
It was an honour and a privilege to welcome HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to the Gathering each year up until his retirement from public duty.
David Geddes, President BRHS
Cancellation of the 2021 Braemar Gathering
In the face of continued concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic, Braemar Royal Highland Charity and the organising committee of the Braemar Gathering have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event.
In line with the vast majority of Highland Games planned in Scotland this year the organisers of the Braemar Gathering feel that the decision to cancel is the best one in the interests and safety of the local community, competitors, spectators and officials, many of whom travel from around the world to the annual gathering in Braemar.
While vaccination programmes are having a huge positive impact on the Covid-19 virus there is still concern over restrictions that may be imposed on major events. Unfortunately considerable event planning decisions and actions have to be taken months ahead of the gathering while such restrictions are still unknowns.
David Geddes President of the Braemar Royal Highland Society said "This has been an extremely difficult decision to make. To cancel a gathering is something which I had hoped I would never have to do in my time as President. Now, to cancel for a second year is heart-breaking. However, there is still uncertainty surrounding the spread of the virus and we must put the wellbeing of our community, visitors and volunteers first.
We know the gathering is a highlight in many people’s year and an event which many make plans for well in advance. We share everyone’s disappointment and offer our hope and thoughts that you stay well and keep safe as the pandemic moves into what we hope is the final phase. As I said last year, like the hills around Braemar, the gathering will be here next year, and we look forward to happier times and to welcoming you back to Braemar on September 3, 2022.”
While the Braemar Junior Highland games, scheduled for July 24 this year, have also been cancelled we hope that the spirit of the games can still be shared with plans in place - restrictions permitting - to open the Highland Games Visitor Centre in Braemar over the coming months, initially for pre-booked parties only with updates at
If you have already bought a ticket for this year’s gathering these will be honoured and valid for 2022 so please keep them, this includes arena car parking and Pavilion tour tickets. If you wish to discuss a refund or donating your order to the charity please contact the bookings secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For any other questions, please contact the Gathering organisers at