Old images of Crathie Kirk, Aberdeenshire

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The attendance of the Royal Household at Crathie Kirk in Aberdeenshire whenever they are staying at Balmoral has always attracted the attention of local people and the newsreel cameras alike.

Church Service 1937

When King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret arrived for the church service at Crathie Kirk in 1937, they were in an open top carriage led by horses.

There seems to be a long line of cars parked along the road in the background of the first shot, and then we see an endless row of spectators along the carriage route.

King George VI and The Queen visit Crathie Church (1937) – British Pathé on YouTube

Little Princesses 1938

Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret Rose were on holiday at Balmoral in 1938, when they arrived in a big car to support the Craithie Kirk bazaar.

The King and Queen had sent many gifts to the bazaar, which was a fundraiser for the church.

Queen Elizabeth and Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose attend the Crathie Church Bazaar (1938) – British Pathé on YouTube

Newlyweds 1963

Step back to 1963 and see the newly weds Angus Ogilvy and Princess Alexandra going to Craithie Kirk on the Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

They are still on their honeymoon, staying at Birkhall, and this is their first Sunday as as married couple.

Birkhall in Aberdeenshire is the Balmoral estate home of The Prince of Wales.

A group of local residents wait at a respectful distance from the church.

Royal Honeymoon (1963) – British Pathé on YouTube

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