A new North-east school has officially been opened by HRH Princess Royal.
Midmill School in Kintore, which opened its doors in November, held a special celebration where a commemorative plaque was unveiled by Princess Anne.
The £11.5 million school is currently attended by two new classes of its own as well as pupils from nearby Kinellar Primary School, while a replacement school for them is being built.
The 66-year-old daughter of the Queen arrived at the school and was introduced to council officials and head teacher Scott Calder before being given a guided tour.
More than 60 pupils treated the Princess Royal to renditions of two songs – One Little Voice and The Final Trawl – at the 540-capacity school.
Following the singing, three primary two pupils from Midmill performed a short poem which was followed by the official unveiling of the plaque.
The Princess was in a good mood, joking as she thanked everyone involved and the pupils for their performance.
She said: “My congratulations to everyone involved.
“To have these facilities for the next generation is a real treat for them, sadly they won’t realise that until much later.
“For those of you that have been to other schools you can really appreciate what a building like this offers, so my congratulations and enjoy the new building.”
Councillor Alison Evison, co-leader of Aberdeenshire Council and chairwoman of the education, learning and leisure committee, said the state of the art building would help children learn.
She said: “It is a really exciting day for the children to see the official opening of Midmill. It is a great facility and building that will be used to benefit children’s education.”
Mr Calder said he was proud of his pupils.
He said: “The pupils who performed and who were part of the tour have been fantastic and represented the school well. I think it was a great way for the children to celebrate being in a new building. “A royal visitor is just the icing on the cake.
“I am really proud of the pupils – they represented themselves particularly well.”