Ever since she came to the throne in 1952, Her Majesty has been woken up by the sound of the bagpipes being played to her.
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Although, for the past five weeks this tradition has come to an unexpected stop while Queen Elizabeth has been residing in Balmoral. Her Majesty’s current piper, Pipe Major Scott Methven, was forced to stop his royal duties due to family reasons.
A royal source told The Royal UK:-
“Her Majesty was very understanding about the situation and agreed that Scott should leave his work duties immediately. Scott was the 15th piper to hold the position, following the 175-year-old tradition”.
The Queen has had a bagpipe player since 1952.
The Piper’s job is to play every day at 9 am for about 15 minutes under the monarch’s window while she is staying at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Balmoral or Holyroodhouse.
They are in charge of the entry and exit of 12 pipes that play at State banquets. While at Windsor, Balmoral and Holyroodhouse, the Piper also pipes at the dinner table. However, he doesn’t accompany the Queen during her time at Sandringham.
The role was created by Queen Victoria.
It was after she discovered the Marquess of Breadalbane has her own piper. In a letter to her mother about the position, she wrote: “We have heard nothing but bagpipes since we have been in the beautiful Highlands”.
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“And so, I have become so fond of it that I mean to have a Piper. A piper who can if you like it, pipe every night at Frogmore”.
Speaking about playing for Queen Elizabeth, Gordon Webster, who was once a royal piper said: “The experience was fantastic. Just the ultimate piping job in the world”.