Thousands of people descended to Scone Palace over the weekend for the 32nd Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) Scottish Game Fair.

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal officially opened the popular event in a ceremony last Friday.

In front of the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, Princess Anne unveiled a brass plaque in the main arena to commemorate her visit.

The Princess was joined by vice admiral Sir Tim Laurence and welcomed by Earl and Countess Stormont, together with GWCT Scotland director Rory Kennedy and show director James Gower.

(From left) Show director James Gower, HRH The Princess Royal, GWCT Scotland director Rory Kennedy and headline show sponsor NFU Mutual’s Mark McBrearty

After lunch with the Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association, The Princess Royal presented the young gamekeeper of the year award to 21-year-old Jamie Renwick and a lifetime achievement award to Richard Cooke, who recently retired as chair of The Association of Deer Management Groups.

She also visited The Moredun Foundation, of which she is the Patron, a charity that supports livestock health and welfare through research and education.

Her visit concluded with a tour of the gundog scurries and birds of prey.

Organisers claim the event will provide the Perthshire economy with a potential £5 million boost, drawing an estimated 30,000 visitors and nearly 300 exhibitors for the three-day annual festival of countryside and conservation.

Show director James Gower commented: “We feel incredibly honoured to welcome Her Royal Highness.

“There’s been a tremendous effort to arrange the event in these challenging times.

The Vale of Atholl Pipe Band

“Her recognition feels like a huge reward for everyone involved.”

GWCT Scotland director Rory Kennedy added: “It is an honour to host Her Royal Highness and is testament to the huge place the event has in the hearts of those who live and work in the countryside.”

Highlights this year included gundog competitions and the food theatre, with plenty of great talks and demonstrations to get taste buds tingling.

Across all three days, visitors got to experience a huge variety of demonstrations of everything from falconry to pipe bands in the main ring.