The north-east is gearing up for the wedding of the year with a host of events to celebrate the royal couple’s nuptials.
Seven years after Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton, Prince Harry will wed Meghan Markle on Saturday.
The pair announced their engagement on November 27 last year, and since then the country has been gripped with wedding fever.
The Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett, in his role as Lord-Lieutenant, has offered the couple his best wishes.
He said: “On behalf of the citizens of Aberdeen I would like to wish Prince Harry and his bride-to-be Meghan a wonderful life together filled with joy, happiness and lots of love.
“With warmest congratulations to the special couple on their wedding day, which is bound to leave them with many happy memories that will last a lifetime.”
And although the wedding is set to take place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, people across the north-east have found their own ways to commemorate the big day.
Residents in Elgin are taking the event particularly seriously and the town is the only place in Scotland to be planning a street party this Saturday.
Although Balmoral is closely linked to the royal family, the estate is taking a slightly more low-key approach to Harry’s wedding than that of his brother’s.
However, every visitor will receive a free royal wedding cupcake and visitors have been encouraged to come dressed to impress for the big day.
Meanwhile, a number of afternoon teas will be taking place across the region.
Oldmeldrum Royal British Legion will hold its event from 2-4pm, in support of Oldmeldrum Breast Cancer Now, while Haddo House Library will provide afternoon tea from 11am to 3pm.
The Village Hotel in Kingswells will also be holding a celebratory royal wedding afternoon tea from 11am to 4pm. A glass of fizz will be included in each of the events and screening of the live BBC coverage will be on offer in Haddo and Kingswells.
Care homes around the north-east are also looking to have a royal knees-up.
From 11.30am to 1.30pm, Care UK’s Tor-Na-Dee home on North Deeside Road is inviting members of the public to raise a glass to Harry and Meghan.
The home will be adorned with Union Jack bunting and residents will have flags at the ready for a live screening of the wedding. The care team will also be dressed in their best and refreshments will be served.
Maureen Barrett, home manager at Tor-Na-Dee, said: “Here at Tor-Na-Dee, many of the residents have fond memories of the royal family and the many weddings and celebrations over the years, so this is a brilliant opportunity to reminisce and share stories from the past.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming the people of Aberdeen to the home to toast the happy couple on what promises to be a wonderful day of celebrations.”
Ythanvale Care Home in Ellon will also be taking part in the festivities, with the home decorated with Union Flags and bunting as well as a replica Harry and Meghan.
North-east schools are also looking to get into the wedding spirit.
Primary two and three classes at Kingswells School are having a royal wedding party, complete with members of the royal family, wedding outfits, a wedding feast and pin the tail on the corgi tomorrow afternoon at the school.
At St Andrews Primary School in Fraserburgh, a royal tea party will be held in the nursery room tomorrow with parents and guardians invited along.
Banchory Primary School will also be holding a celebration on Saturday, as well as a special primary two assembly the week after.
Keig Hall Committee will be holding an afternoon tea on Sunday afternoon at Keig School Hall while Drumoak Primary School is holding a fun day on Saturday.
Cllr Gillian Owen, Aberdeenshire Council education and children’s services committee chairwoman, said: “Saturday’s royal wedding is going to be so exciting not just for the royal couple but the whole nation.
“I wish Harry and his fiancee Meghan a long and happy life together.
“Many schools across Aberdeenshire are holding their own events to celebrate this historic occasion.”