Venture to the village of Braemar in Aberdeenshire and find the Braemar Gathering — one of the most prestigious and renowned Highland Games. A favourite amongst the British Royal Family, this annual gathering is referred to simply as ‘the Games’. These events were first held by Malcolm III, not long after the repeal of the 1746 Act of Proscription (an act which forbid clan gatherings). However, the Royal attendance has been a tradition for years. In 1844 Queen Victoria graced a gathering at Invercauld with her presence and was said to be a fan of the festivities. Since her reign, the patron of the Braemar Royal Highland Society has always been the current monarch. Every year, the Braemar Gathering commences on the first Saturday in September.