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Queen praises Ballater flooding victims

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Media captionThe Queen met those affected by flooding in Ballater earlier this year

The Queen has praised Ballater residents hit by flooding last year.

Several homes and businesses were badly affected when the River Dee burst its banks in December.

It happened as Storm Frank battered Scotland.

The cost of the clear-up ran into millions of pounds, much of which was for repairing and refurbishing flood-damaged council houses. The Queen also met some of those involved in the recovery effort.

'Really impressed'

The Queen visited a row of shops which were affected, including HM Sheridan butchers.

Co-owner John Sinclair said: "We lost all stock and machinery under about 3ft of water. There was nothing left.

"Luckily, through staff work and good insurance, we managed to get going again and, but it wasn't easy.

"The first few weeks everyone stuck together and that's something the Queen seemed to know about. She was really impressed with the way it's been turned around and she was full of praise for all the help from everywhere, as we all are."

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Image caption Part of carriageway linking Ballater to Braemar fell into the water near Crathie during Storm Frank

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