The Pink Flamingo bleeds tartan, with more than just a wee bit o’ Scottish blood runin’ through the veins. When I hear bagpipes that Scottish soul always wins out, and I do nothing but bawl. It is genetic.
From the official military web site:
“…The world famous Pipes and Drums also feature heavily on these pages. The band has in recent years recorded several albums and is currently signed to DECCA (formerly Universal Classics & Jazz) label. During the past two years the band has released two albums and both have featured in the top 10 in the Album charts The latest album, Spirit of the Glen – Journey won the Classical Album of the Year at the Brit Awards this year – the first time a military band has achieved such an accolade…”
The late King George VI took a great interest in the Pipes and Drums, granting them the privilege of wearing the Royal Stuart tartan and personally designing much of their uniform.
With the Royal Stuart kilt and plaid the pipers wear a dark blue doublet. The sporran is of grey horse hair, reminiscent of the grey horses, with tassels of black and red hair similar to the jowl plumes which hang from the officers bridles. The feather bonnets have the yellow vandyke band and white feather plume. The plaid brooch bears the White Horse of Hanover and the Eagle and Carbines badge is worn on the sporran and as a plume clasp.
In full dress the drummers wear regimental uniform of scarlet tunic, blue overalls, wellington boots and spurs. Not being classed as bandsmen, they wear the normal white plume on the bearskin. With blue and khaki uniform they wear trews of Royal Stuart tartan and Atholl bonnets with a yellow vandyke and red toorie….”