King Charles is ‘stickler for tradition’ and will keep Queen’s Royal piper

A royal source has dubbed King Charles a “stickler for tradition” and said he will most likely maintain traditions like the Royal piper.

As a new monarch takes the throne, it’s only natural for them to revise royal traditions and implement new practices of their own.

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

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 much as those of state,” they added.

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

The royals fell in love with the sound, and Queen Victoria soon decided that she also wanted a personal piper

“We have heard nothing but bagpipes since we have been in the beautiful Highlands and I have become so fond of it that I mean to have a Piper, who can if you like it, pipe every night at Frogmore,” Queen Victoria wrote to her mother following the visit.

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

Burns was an integral part of the Queen’s funeral last week, playing A Salute to the Royal Fendersmith while her coffin was lowered into the Royal vault beneath St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

While the piper usually plays for 15 minutes starting at 9 am, it’s believed that the times will change as the King is an early bird.

“If the piper started at 9am, it’s unlikely the King would be there to hear him,” the source explained. “He would have to start at 7am if he wants his music to be heard.”

They added: “Charles is a great lover of tradition and I’d fully expect him to preserve the role. He has an affinity with all things Scotland and anyone who has spent time at Dumfries House will know that a bagpiper is a regular after dinner fixture.”

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


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