Written by Charlene Gunnells
Wednesday, 04 August 2010 00:35
Later today several cadets in the Regimental Band and Pipes will get to meet Princess Anne, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. She is coming to meet select Tattoo participants during rehearsals.
This year Her Majesty The Queen conferred a royal title upon the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which recognizes its six decades of service to culture and entertainment. The nightly festival of music and entertainment is now called the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. This is the first occasion that one of Edinburgh’s International Festival events has been awarded such a distinction, Tattoo Chief Executive and Producer Maj. Gen. Euan Loudon said.
"We are enormously proud to receive such a prestigious honor which, as we embark on our Diamond Jubilee Year, is a wonderful endorsement for this unique national institution."
The royal family has been closely connected with the Tattoo since it began in 1950. Queen Elizabeth was present that year when Sir Thomas Beecham conducted the Massed Bands during the finale sequence. Then, in 2002, the Tattoo helped celebrate the queen's Golden Jubilee with a spectacular production, which featured performers from across the Commonwealth.