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Piper to the Sovereign (Queen's Piper)

keberoxu 21 Feb 18 - 02:16 PM
GUEST 21 Feb 18 - 02:21 PM
GUEST,keberoxu 21 Feb 18 - 02:42 PM
Jack Campin 21 Feb 18 - 02:45 PM
GUEST,keberoxu 21 Feb 18 - 06:17 PM
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Subject: Queen's Piper, or King's Piper
From: keberoxu
Date: 21 Feb 18 - 02:16 PM

This is the first I had ever heard of the Queen's Piper:
Msn.com reproduces a story from the Daily Mirror.

Queen Victoria started this custom after visiting the Highlands;
now the Pipe Major must play under HM's window every morning,
regardless of her/his location.

I searched the Mudcat threads,
and came up with one mention in the past of the Queen's Piper:
on the death of the Queen Mother,
when her bier was translated to London,
and the Pipe Major played "The Dark Island."

What does anyone else know about this custom?


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Subject: RE: Piper to the Sovereign (Queen's Piper)
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Feb 18 - 02:21 PM

See here



'The Queen’s Piper principal duty is to play every weekday at 9 am for approximately 15 minutes under Her Majesty’s window when she is in residence at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Balmoral Castle or the Palace Holyroodhouse.

The piper though does not travel to Sandringham and play due to the shortage of accommodations there.

At Windsor, Balmoral and Holyroodhouse, he also pipes at Her Majesty’s dinner table. The piper is also in charge of forming the entry and exit of the 12 pipes that play around the table after State banquets.

The Queen’s Pipe is also a Honourary Page of Presence and carries out those duties when not piping.

One can read more in about The Page of Presence in The Royal W: the Page of Presence.

The Piper at Balmoral wears the Balmoral Tartan. The tartan is grey and red that was conceived by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert around 1850. Although produced in 1857, it is represented prior in an 1852 painting by Queen Victoria.

In the morning at the other Royal residences, he wears the Ancient Hunting Stewart tartan. In the evening, it is the Royal Stewart. Both tartans have gone through many incarnations dating back to 1124.

The first Monarch to have the services of the Royal Piper was Queen Victoria. After a visit to Scotland to stay with the Marquees of Breadalbane in 1842, The Queen was keen on having a personal piper for her one enjoyment. Thus in 1843, Angus MacKay became the first personal Piper to the Sovereign.

The tradition of the piper has continued to this day, except for a stoppage from 1941-1945 during World War II.

The current Queen’s Piper is Pipe Major David Rodgers from the Irish Guards.'


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Subject: RE: Piper to the Sovereign (Queen's Piper)
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 21 Feb 18 - 02:42 PM

The Mirror article contradicts the webpage quoted in the previous post,
saying,

"Since 2015,
The position has been held by
Pipe Major Scott Methven of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders."


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Subject: RE: Piper to the Sovereign (Queen's Piper)
From: Jack Campin
Date: 21 Feb 18 - 02:45 PM

It didn't end well for the first one...

https://pipingpress.com/famous-pipers-angus-mackay-life-and-times-of-a-true-piping-genius/famous-pipers-the-sad-end-of-the-great-genius-angus-mackay/


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Subject: RE: Piper to the Sovereign (Queen's Piper)
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 21 Feb 18 - 06:17 PM

Further noted:

The entire group of twelve pipers that play at state occasions
e.g. "around the table,"
each group member is a Queen's Piper (or King's Piper as the case may be)

But only the Piper to the Sovereign is the Sovereign's Piper.


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Subject: RE: Piper to the Sovereign (Queen's Piper)
From: Jim McLean
Date: 24 Feb 18 - 06:30 AM

The Cockney piper is the Evening Standard.


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