The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay have paid a visit to a North-east village to witness its resurgence following devastating floods.
The Royals went on a walkabout tour of Ballater, dropping into several shops that were damaged by Storm Frank in December 2015.
Hundreds of residents were forced to flee their homes and dozens of businesses were wrecked when the River Dee burst its banks and engulfed the historic community.
Charles and Camilla visited the village not long after the flooding, so business owners said it was a great opportunity to show how much the community has bounced back from the brink of disaster.
The royal couple stopped by to chat with Byrn and Marilyn Wayte, owners of Deeside Books.
The shop, on Bridge Street, had to shut for 14 months after the floodwater destroyed almost 10,000 books, forcing it to close.
But owners managed to sell books online instead in order to keep the company going.
Marilyn welcomed the visit by the Royal couple.
She said: “It was very nice to speak to them, they came when it was just newly flooded and remember the smell of the oil and the mess it was in. It was really nice of them to come now it has been opened up again.”
Included in the visit was a trip to Shorty’s ice cream parlour where the Duke and Duchess tasted ice cream which is produced using ingredients from other shops in Ballater.
Cheryl Littlewood, owner of Shorty’s which only opened three weeks ago, said: “It was wonderful and so nice to see them in Ballater.
“The Duke and Duchess are always so lovely when they come and visit, they are so relaxed and it is so easy to have a conversation with them.
“The Duchess tried a number of ice creams and seemed to like them all which is always good to hear especially when it comes from Royalty.
“They were always round the village at the time of the floods so the support they gave has been brilliant and this visit will only help.”
Prince Charles and Camilla also paid Wilkies, a ladies and mens fashion and homeware store, a visit.
Karen Forret, managing director of Wilikies, said: “It was lovely to have them visit, I was a bit nervous and so were the staff but when the Royals came in they put everyone a rest.
“They were genuinely interested in the store and spent around 10 minutes speaking to staff.”
Included in the 40 minute trip was a visit to the Rothesay Rooms which was set up by Prince Charles’ charity, the Ballater Flood Appeal.