It should be no surprise to anyone that the ‘Royal Alarm Clock” for The Queen is unlike the ones you and I have. As with most aspects of royal life, they do things a bit differently than we commoners do. But do you have any idea the bizarre way in which Queen Elizabeth is awakened each morning? I would never have thought of this!
In the television megahit, ‘The Crown’ we often see royals being awakened by a servant entering the bedchamber and sweeping open the heavy draperies that block the morning sunlight. Personally, I’m not a fan of this procedure, as I am a fan of the snooze button. I like to ease into my day and abhor the idea of sudden and brutal awakenings.
Well, Queen Elizabeth has her own version of the “snooze” button and you’ll never guess what it is.
At precisely 9:00 AM each day, an astounding occurrence takes place when the “Piper to the Sovereign” begins playing his bagpipes outside her bedroom window! The music continues for 15 minutes, during which time the Queen can ease into her morning in a most pleasant way.
That’s right! Even before she has her breakfast - Special K is reported to be her favorite - she is treated to the dulcet tones of the soothing melodies emitting from the traditional musical instrument of Scotland, one of the members of the U.K.
The unusual practice was instituted by Queen Victoria in 1843 after she and Prince Albert returned from visiting the Highlands, where she had fallen in love with the sound of the bagpipe.
Angus MacKay was the original and favorite of Queen Victoria. In fact, it is said that The Monarch grieved deeply upon his death in 1854.
In fact, according to The Mirror UK, “The bagpipe playing is one of the constants in the monarch's life. The musician entrusted with the position is required to play whether she is at Windsor, Buckingham Palace, Balmoral, or Holyroodhouse.”
Good to know! The ways of the royals never cease to amaze me and this item about the Queen’s “wake up call” is no different. Good on her!!