Antwerp Scottish Fair, Merksem 2007

 

Mary in Belgium. 'Doedelday' on the country-seat Bouckenborgh in Merksem

 

waking up with a royal breakfast

 

Rich foods decorated the table

 

Mary was warmly suprised by the musicians of the drumgroup Beithar

 

Lady Melville was charmed by the blue men

 

Morningmass in  Mary's fieldchapel

 

Mary opens the pipebandcontest...

 

...and enjoyed the sounds of a dozen superior bands

 

Hail to the queen

 

"See, this group wears the Stuart tartan", lady Mary Fleming noticed. 

 

Queen Mary adresses the spectators and introduces the next band

 

Maid Jolly and page Will Douglas were attracted by the delightful sounds

 

Announcement of the grand finale: the massed band

 

The jester thought about something naughty...

 

...and got all the attention (he danced the bells from his cap)

 

They quenched their thirst with a royal Belgian 'pinteke'

 

Enormous photowalls made them feel home

 

In the valley of Glencoe

 

Jolly quenched the thirsty drummerboys of Beithar...

 

...and was quartered by means of gratitude

 

Guard MacAlfred was ill, he got back to life by Jolly's shortbread

 

Lady Melville persuades counsellor William Maitland to buy the castle

 

Saying bye bye to our good neighbours of the travelling chemist shop Officina Viatoria

 

We surely may not miss the next Antwerp Scottish Fair!

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