The Princess Royal has officially opened two multi-million pound sport centres.
She met young sports stars, musicians and staff at the council-run facilities in Banff and Macduff yesterday.
It cost a combined £12.7 million to build both venues which have gyms, sports halls, all-weather pitches and a swimming pool.
The Princess Royal said: “I am grateful that you didn’t mind asking me to come here and see what you have achieved.
“The achievement here is considerable not least in bricks and mortar but in meeting the interest of people who are accessing this building for exercise, sport and for socialising.
“It obviously has already had quite an impact here which shows the plans, which took a little time to get under way, have been worth waiting for.
“This is a vital part of your community and particularly for all ages to be able to enjoy.”
Monica Wilson was one of the local sporting stars who met the Royal visitor.
The 17-year-old said Princess Anne wanted to know more about her exploits with Deveronvale Ladies FC.
She said: “She was asking what sport I played, where I trained and where I’ve gone with football.
“I was capped with Scotland a couple of years ago and I’ve always trained here twice a week at the Deveron Sports Centre.
“It (the centre) has provided a great pathway for us because it’s got an astroturf pitch and it is available in all weathers which is great for training.”
Aberdeenshire provost Bill Howatson said he was pleased Princess Anne decided to cast an eye over both complexes.
He said: “Those of you that were here in January will recall that the fierce north-east winds prevented our Royal guest from attending despite a huge effort on the day.
“That is why we were delighted to hear Her Royal Highness was keen to return and see the facilities for herself.
“I know that has meant a lot to everyone involved with both centres so thank you very much for finding the time to return.”