King Charles keeps Queen’s Royal Piper in his new role – ‘Stickler for tradition’ | Royal | News

King Charles is likely to maintain some old traditions as he takes the throne. According to a report, King Charles is a “champion of tradition” and is believed to uphold traditions such as the Royal Piper.

When a new monarch takes the throne, it is only natural for them to revise royal traditions and introduce new practices of their own.

One such tradition is the Royal Piper, or as it is sometimes called, Piper to the Sovereign.

The Royal Piper was first introduced when Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert, traveled to Scotland to visit the Marquess of Breadalbane at Taymouth Castle.

The royals fell in love with the sound and Queen Victoria soon decided she wanted a personal piper too.

A source close to the new king told The Telegraph: “His philosophy is that the monarchy is the constant state, inhabited by different individuals.”

“The family traditions will continue as well as those of the state,” she added.

Since the roll was first introduced in 1843, there have been 17 pipers, the most recent being Major Paul Burns of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Queen Victoria wrote to her mother after her visit: “We’ve heard nothing but bagpipes since we’ve been in the beautiful Highlands and I’ve grown so fond of them that I plan to have a Piper, which if you like, can be used every night in Frogmore.”

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They added: “Charles is a big fan of tradition and I expect him to keep the role.

“He has an affinity for all things Scotland and anyone who has spent time at Dumfries House knows that a bagpiper is a staple after dinner.”

King Charles is expected to introduce some new traditions of his own, but will keep many rituals the same, such as the Trooping of the Color and the birthday parade in June.


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