Queen’s wake-up call CANCELLED after official bagpipe player QUITS for ‘family reasons’
The Queen has been left without an official bagpipe player after her trusted piper was forced to leave his post for family reasons, marking one of the first times in 175 years a British Monarch will not receive their 9 am wake-up call.
For more than a month, the Queen has been without a bagpipe player at her Scottish residence, Balmoral Castle.
It is said to have been a big surprise to Palace staff after Pipe Major Scott Methven left unexpectedly due to family reasons.
The tradition dates back to Queen Victoria, the Queen’s great great grandmother.
The sound of the lone piper has played under the Queen’s bedroom window every weekday since she took up her position on the throne.
A Balmoral source told the Mail: “The Queen was very understanding and compassionate and agreed that Scott should stop his duties immediately.
“She totally understood his position and told him not to worry.
“Unfortunately, because it happened so unexpectedly no replacement was available, so there has been no piping for the last five weeks.
“It’s really strange because everyone is just so used to it and for the first few days it was really weird not to hear the sound.
“People can hear the pipes around the estate. It creates a really lovely, evocative atmosphere and sets you up for the day.”
The source added that is must seem “very odd” to the Queen, who has grown accustomed to the tradition over the years.
They added that Her Majesty often eats breakfast and reads the newspapers while listening the playing.
The insider said: “It is just part of her normal day and I expect she looks forward to getting a new one but she totally understood Scott’s position.
“He is incredibly highly regarded by the Royal Household and the Royal Family.”
Major Methven was only the 15th piper to hold the position.
It is the only time other than four years during the Second World War the Queen has been without an official bagpipe player.
It is hoped a new piper will be able to start once the Queen returns to Buckingham Palace after her holiday in Scotland.
Gordon Webster, who was the Queen’s bagpiper in the 1990s, said he had to remember over 700 songs.
He said: “The Queen doesn’t like you repeating the same tunes every day.”
It is not known exactly when a new appointment will be made.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK