Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Well it’s that time of the year again where the Pipes and Drums, Display Teams, Military Bands, Dancers and the Lone Piper playing against the magnificent backdrop of the Edinburgh Castle all come out for The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo which starts today (2-24 August)

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Photo Credit xlibber – flickr

From its origins in 1950 when there were only 8 items on the program the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has grown massively with the total visitor count now reaching over 12 million attracting 217,000 people each year to watch it. Not only this but the event is televised so if you are not lucky enough to see it in person you can view it along with around 100 million people around the world on international television.

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Photo Credit xlibber - flickr

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Photo Credit xlibber – flickr

When visiting Scotland a trip to “The spirit of the Tattoo” at the top of the royal mile is a must, showcasing the compelling story behind Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo including an interactive exhibition, gift shop and movie theatre and attracts over 100,000 visitors!

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

in numbers

  • 35 miles of cabling is required for the event
  • 2011 was the 13th sell out season generating £7.6 in box office receipts.
  • Visitors to the Tattoo contributed an estimated £88 million to the Scottish economy
  • 1952 saw the 1st overseas regiment – The Royal Netherlands Grenadiers
  • Not a single performance of the Tattoo has ever been cancelled.
  • The Tattoo is set up and run for charitable purposes. Over the years, it has gifted some £5 million to service and civilian organisations
  • So far over 40 countries have been represented at the Tattoo
  • During the 17th and 18th centuries – ‘Doe den tap toe’ (‘Turn off the taps’) was the closing-time cry in the inns in the Low Countries and this is where the word ‘tattoo’ comes from.
  • Pipe Major George Stoddart was the first lone piper who played in each performance for the first 11 years.
  • Following his father’s footsteps his son, Major Gavin Stoddart, became the next lone piper at the Tattoo before becoming Director of Army Bagpipe Music for 12 years

Have you seen the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo before? If you haven’t will you watch it this year and if you have what is your favourite part?

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