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The Duke of Rothesay and Earl of Strathearn attend The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

17th August 2017

The Duke of Rothesay takes the salute during the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle

The Duke of Rothesay takes the salute during the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle

The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge (known as The Duke of Rothesay and The Earl of Strathearn when in Scotland) attended the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for the first time yesterday. The Rothesay flag that flew above the castle once they had arrived.

More than 1,200 people from across the globe performed at Edinburgh Castle in front of the two royals.

The line-up included more than 250 pipers and drummers, five UK military bands and the event's first Japanese act, as well as major contingents from France, India and the United States.

His Royal Highness, wearing a Royal Navy Admiral uniform, was at the Tattoo as guest of honour, accompanied by The Earl of Strathearn, where they joined a toast to good health, given in Gaelic, with a dram of 10-year-old Glenkinchie whisky, which comes from the nearest distillery to Edinburgh.

The Duke of Rothesay and the Duke of Cambridge, at a reception after the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle

The Duke of Rothesay and the Duke of Cambridge at a reception after the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The two royals had been given a special pre-Tattoo performance at the Palace of Holyroodhouse earlier on Wednesday, who spent time speaking with performers and posing for a group shot.

This year's event, its 68th season, recognises 2017 as being the Year of the Royal Navy and comes before the official naming of the aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales later this year.

It is also marking Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology with a second "Splash of Tartan" theme.