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The Duke of Rothesay and Earl of Strathearn set for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Prince Charles and Prince William, or rather the Duke of Rothesay and Earl of Strathearn while in Scotland, will have some quality bonding time at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.

Prince Charles will be the guest of honour at the first time he has been able to make the show.

On 16 August, Prince Charles and Prince William will join in the dual themed tattoo of “The Year of the Aircraft Carrier” to mark the launch of the HMS Prince of Wales and “A Splash of Tartan” to honour Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

The Duchess of Rothesay, or more commonly known as the Duchess of Cornwall, will be naming HMS Prince of Wales at Rosyth Royal Dockyard, Dunfermline in a naming ceremony on Friday, 8 September.

Before the Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle, the duo will be on the forecourt at Holyrood Palace for a pre-Tattoo show.

Helping highlight “A Splash of Tartan” will be over 3,000 clansmen and women from 57 clans in the total 25 performances.

The UK’s maritime heritage and the Royal Navy having HMS Queen Elizabeth in sea trials and HMS Prince of Wales being built are the inspiration for “The Year of the Aircraft Carrier.”

Two of three contingents an evening will march from the Great Hall, being lead by pipers and standards, greeting the Salute Taker before the start of the show.

India, France and the United States all have their own major contingents in place.

The first Edinburgh Tattoo was in 1950 with only eight contingents. The Band of the Royal Netherlands Grenadiers was the first overseas contingent to perform in 1952. France and Canada also played a part that year. Since that time a staggering 48 countries have taken part.

The annual audience of 220,000 people has been sold out for the eighteen years and is sure to again!

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