Princess Anne visits Tattoo troops

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Photographer: Corporal Nathan GM Tanuku, RLC - UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

The Princess Royal, Princess Anne joined senior service personnel for their final rehearsal of this years Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Princess Anne, who is Patron of the Tattoo joined personnel from HQ Scotland at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh where many of the artistes from around the world are staying.

All performers from this year’s Show, Voices, took part in the rehearsal giving Her Royal Highness an exclusive preview of their stunning musical and cultural showcases and military precision.

Photographer: Corporal Nathan GM Tanuku, RLC UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022 – MOD News Licence.

Over 900 performers from across the globe are taking part in this year’s Tattoo. 

Voices, is a celebration of expression, giving a stage to performers and acts from around the globe to share their voices through spoken word, song, music and dance.

The revamped Tattoo returns this year after a break because of Covid and with the Army as lead service there’s enormous roles by the military in Scotland not only in front of the thousands who will see Tattoo performances between now and the end of August but also in provision of logistical support.

According to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo website:

Our story began over seven decades ago and had humble beginnings. It was inspired by a simple show called ‘Something About a Soldier’ performed in 1949 at the Ross Bandstand. The bandstand is still there, in Princes Street Gardens just below the Castle. Make sure to look out for it when you visit. Lieutenant Colonel George Malcolm was the first Producer of The Edinburgh Tattoo. He aimed to bring the Army’s contribution to the Edinburgh International Festival to life. From a modest event in a park to today’s global showcase at the Castle.

Her Royal Highness also spent time visiting the Army School of Highland Pipes and Drums in Edinburgh.

Crowds are gathering at Edinburgh Castle this summer now until 27 August, for the cultural spectacular, which returns for the first time since 2019.

Tickets are available online here.

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