The couple, known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay when they’re north of the border, looked to be in jovial spirits as they unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the Ballater Community and Heritage Hub on Tuesday.
Charles and Camilla also enjoyed a quick promenade around the Scottish village, chatting to locals – including a pet dog – and stopping to visit the Cambus O’May Suspension Bridge which is back in action following an ongoing repair project.
August 31st marks the 24th anniversary of the Princess of Wales‘ death in a car crash in Paris.
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Check one out! The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, as the couple are officially known in Scotland, turned out in their finest tartans to unveil a plaque at the Ballater Community and Heritage Hub on Tuesday
Prince Charles, 72, donned his favoured Balmoral tartan – including a green and blue checked kilt and a brown leather sporran
Later the couple strolled around the village of Ballater, stopping to visit Cambus O’May Suspension Bridge which is back in action following a repair project
Charles pushes through the turnstiles on the newly-painted village bridge
Charles and Camilla were greeted by throngs of well-wishers in the small Scottish village
The Duchess of Cornwall strides on as Prince Charles stops to chat with Ballater locals
Quite a stir: The tartan-wearing royals smile as they stroll through the village centre
Dressed appropriately: Charles and Camilla both opted for a tartan kilt for their day out in Ballater. They are pictured talking to 90-year-old Hugh Inkster (left) as they visit a local shop during a walk through the village
All dressed up! Charles donned his favoured Balmoral tartan while Camilla also opted for a kilt
Prince Charles, 72, donned his favoured Balmoral tartan – including a green and blue checked kilt and a brown leather sporran – for the public outing.
The Balleter centre aims to support the community and social outcomes for people living in the Royal Deeside region and, following the unveiling of the official plaque, the couple headed into the village to speak to local business owners.
Well-wishers greeted the pair and they stopped to chat to an employee at Shorty’s, an ice cream parlour in the centre.
For the visit, the heir to the throne wore a smart tweed blazer, waistcoat and a crisp white shirt to finish the heritage look, alongside maroon socks and black brogues.
Prince Charles has been wearing the Balmoral tartan since his early childhood, with photos showing him sporting it as far back as his seventh birthday in 1955.
Meanwhile, Camilla opted for a black, grey and red check, which she wore in a knee-length skirt covered with an elegant frilled cream blouse and grey waistcoat. She complemented the skirt with a matching shawland caramel-hued shoes.
Who are you calling Shorty? The couple chat to a local ice cream parlour owner – dressed more informally – in the village centre
Did they discuss favourite flavours? The royals appeared to be in high spirits as they chatted at the popular ice-cream spot
A spot of art for Dumfries House? The couple also browsed pictures on display in an art shop
A little dog also caught the eye of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall as they walked through the Aberdeenshire village
Animal lover: Prince Charles stopped to pat the little dog on the nose
Doggos everywhere! Camilla also chatted to a local man with a fluffy white pooch
And the prince couldn’t resist petting an adorable Westie, much to the delight of those watching
The couple listen intently as they learn about the work that will be done at the newly opened community and heritage centre in Ballater
Elegance: Camilla opted for a black, grey and red check, which she wore in a knee-length skirt covered with an elegant cream blouse and grey waistcoat
Charles visits Cambus O’May Suspension Bridge following its repair on August
Prince of Wales known as the Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland visits Cambus O’May Suspension Bridge following its repair
Namaste! Charles is pictured using the traditional nasmaste greeting while visiting local shops
Charles and Camilla visit local shops and businesses during a short walk through the village
The couple enjoyed a walk through the village today, as well as chatting to 90-year-old Hugh Inkster who also donned a traditional kilt.
Earlier this month, the royal wore the same outfit to visit the historic stronghold of Dunrobin Castle, the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses.
Today marks 24 years since the Princess of Wales was killed in a Paris car crash on August 31st 1997.
On July 1st this year, Princes William and Harry unveiled a statue in the gardens of Kensington Palace in their mother’s memory.
The kilt-clad royals and their entourage received a warm welcome from villagers
Charles touches the arm of a Scot also clad in full tartan, including a tam o’ shanter, a traditional bonnet
A peek over the side: the prince discusses the historic bridge’s structure
Building bridges: Charles steps out to test out the suspension bridge’s repairs, looking striking in his full tartan against the all-white bridge
The royal complemented the look with a matching shawl and soft leather handbag in tan, which co-ordinated with the Duchess’ shoes
The heir to the throne looked in high spirits as he chatted to staff ahead of the official opening
The couple are enjoying an annual summer break in Scotland and also partaking in official duties while in the region
When in Scotland! The heir to the throne wore a historic leather sporran and family brooch
The occasion in Royal Deeside is one of several public outings the couple have made during their latest trip to Scotland
The centre aims to support the community and social outcomes for people living in the Royal Deeside region
A young boy look at tributes left at the gates of Kensington Palace in London to mark the 24th anniversary of the death of Diana on August 31st
Fans of the late royal show off their artwork, leaving colourful canvases depicting the princess resting along the fence at Kensington Palace
24 years since Diana met an untimely death in a car accident in Paris, tributes – both floral and artistic – are laid at the gates of her former home
This year, visitors can see the statue erected in her honour too, placed in the gardens of Kensignton Palace
The statue by Ian Rank-Broadley depicts Diana in the ‘more confident’ later years of her life aims to reflect her ‘warmth, elegance and energy’, the sculptor said today – as it was met with a mixed reaction.
It’s been reported that Charles has been left ‘shellshocked’ by the reported rift between his sons Prince William and Prince Harry.
While the funeral of their grandfather Prince Philip in April reunited the family for the first time in a year, the Duke of Cambridge, 39, and the Duke of Sussex, 36, reportedly ‘didn’t have time to heal’.
It comes in the aftermath of Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive two-hour CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey which aired in March, where the royal made reference to his relation with William amid reports the brothers had fallen out in the wake of Brexit.
Prince Harry’s tell-all memoir about life in the royal family is due to be published in 2022.
When in Scotland! Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall don full tartan in Aberdeenshire