The Queen to present prizes at Blair Castle Longines FEI European Eventing Championship

The Queen – who today becomes the UKs longest-serving monarch, with 63 years on the throne – will attend the final day of the Longines FEI European Eventing Championship 2015  in the grounds of historical Blair Castle on Sunday and present the prizes to the winners - up to 60,000 visitors are expected to attend the event at Blair Castle, the historic seat of the Dukes of Atholl.

The Queen is expected to arrive by car into the main arena, accompanied by Prince Phillip, before taking her seat in the grandstand to watch the final showjumping phase of the competition, At the end of the competition she will move down into the arena to present the prizes.

This is another  major boost to the local economy in Perthshire, running from Thursday to Sunday, tens of thousands of visitors are to descend on Perthshire to watch the event with many local accommodation providers reporting they are fully booked throughout the duration of the championship.

Supported by VisitScotland through its event directorate, EventScotland, the competition will see 16 nations compete for the first time in the grounds of the picturesque castle.

The event is also the final opportunity for European entrants to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The championship boasts Scots in major roles, including event director Alec Lochore and cross-country course designer Ian Stark OBE. Britain’s squad for the championships also includes a Scottish born and based rider, Wills Oakden, from Fife. Oakden, 25, will make his senior championship debut at the event, riding Greystone Midnight Melody.






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