Today in the royals being extra beyond belief, it appears as though King Charles, man who hates pens with a passion, has hired a piper to wake him up by playing bagpipes outside his window at 9:00 am every day. Because apparently hitting snooze on an iPhone alarm just! won't! do!
The employment of a personal piper is actually something of a tradition among monarchs, and one that Queen Elizabeth also enjoyed. And according to The Sun, Charles recruited Pipe Major Paul Burns for the job, who played at the Her Majesty's funeral last month.
“His mother adored having her piper. It’s a lovely tradition," a source mused. “Everyone remembers that moment the Pipe Major finished the committal as he played the pipes, turned his back and walked away. The King was full of admiration for how he carried out his duty for the Queen. Everyone is delighted the quirky job did not disappear with her. The tradition is for it to happen at 9am. But the King is always awake much earlier.”
Pipe Major Paul Burns tweeted about his experience following the Queen's funeral (note: the tweets have since been deleted), saying, per Hello! Magazine, "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was my Colonel in Chief and her husband Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh was my Royal Colonel. To have played the Pipes at both of their funerals in Windsor Castle is a high honour as a serving soldier. As a young lad living close to Balmoral Castle, I remember their presence from a young age and the Royal Guard inspired me to join the Army. Playing at Her Majesty’s funeral made me think of those early memories and I’m glad I was able to honour them both in this way."
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