King Charles III plans to uphold one of the Queen's morning rituals as the new British sovereign, a royal insider has revealed.
- King Charles III will carry on a special morning tradition observed by Queen Elizabeth II throughout her reign, according to an inside source.
- The 74-year-old is reportedly determined to uphold the ritual, which was established in the 1800s and has a special connection to Her Majesty's beloved Scotland.
- In other royal news, Princess Catherine opts for classic pearl earrings and oversized coat as she joins Prince William to thank staff at Windsor.
King Charles III will continue to observe one of the Queen's morning rituals - having a human alarm clock.
Her Majesty was famously awoken by the sound of live bagpipes every day, with a royal piper playing for 15 minutes beneath her window throughout her 70-year-long reign.
The sweet tradition, which dates back to Queen Victoria's era, would be upheld at all of the late monarch's residences – from Balmoral Castle in Scotland to Windsor Castle in Berkshire. It's understood that Charles, who automatically inherited the throne upon the Queen's death on September 8, will now also be starting his day with the distinctive tune.
PM Scott Methven of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, the musician who has held the honorable job since 2015, will likely see a change in his hours once he starts working for the King. His services for the Queen reportedly used to commence at 9 am, with the late monarch getting as much sleep as possible in her older age. Charles, however, is famously an early riser, with some reports suggesting that he wakes as early as 7 am.
“If the piper started at 9 am, it’s unlikely the King would be there to hear him,” a source told the Telegraph (opens in new tab). “He would have to start at 7 am if he wants his music to be heard.”
"Charles is a great lover of tradition and I’d fully expect him to preserve the role. He has an affinity with all things Scotland and anyone who has spent time at Dumfries House will know that a bagpiper is a regular after-dinner fixture," the source added.
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