North Ayrshire Army veteran Alistair Kennedy got the chance to meet The Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace last weekend.

The Three Towns man and Royal British Legion Scotland stalwart had a chat with Princess Anne after he was was invited to the palace for the Not Forgotten Veterans Garden Party.

The event commemorated those who served with the British forces in Borneo, the Malaysian Peninsula and Aden.

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: Alastair Kennedy

Alastair, who will be 85 this year, was accompanied by his friend and carer Willie Duffy.

And they stayed at the home of legendary stuntman and motorbike rider Eddie Kidd OBE and his partner Billie, who Alastair described as his 'regimental god-daughter'. 

Billie's father served with Alastair in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders many years ago.

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: Alastair Kennedy

Alistair, now a member of the Kilwinning Legion branch, said: "It was fantastic. I had a wee blether with the Princess Royal who came over while I was with Eddie and Billie.

"There were celebrities there too, including Gloria Hunniford, Anita Harris, and Wayne Sleep.

"They were all so kind and friendly. They were there to make sure everyone got spoken to and they were asking the veterans if they wanted their photos taken with them."

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: Alastair Kennedy

"It was a great trip."

It's not Alastair's first honour for his military service and his work with the Legion and charities over the years.

He has raised more than £200,000 for Poppy Scotland and was made a life member back in 2008.

He was also awarded Her Majesty's Silver Jubilee Medal, with accompanying certificate.

He and wife Betty were also presented to The Queen at the Holyrood House Garden party in 2006. They had a five minute conversation with Her Majesty. Sadly, Betty passed away in 2007.

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: Alastair Kennedy

Alastair was delighted to meet up with Billie and Eddie again.

Eddie, who did stunt work on James Bond movies and many other box office smashes, once took on Robbie Knievel, son of legendary daredevil Evel, in a world title motorcycle jump off in Mississippi, where he won by six feet.

But he was involved in a serious crash in 1996 at the Bulldog Bash, held at Long Marston Airfield.

In a coma for three months, he suffered brain damage and remained paralysed.

Despite his injuries, Eddie still managed to compete in the 2011 London Marathon, ditching his wheelchair at the start and walking all the way - even though it took him 52 days to complete the course.