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Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, truly an event to remember


Two hundred and fifty finest drummers and pipers, excellent fiddlers, highland dancers, warrior dancers, and a host of other performers equal a bedazzled crowd. Kudos to the participants and organizers of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Homecoming 2014 for an spectacular performance! No wonder their tickets have always sold out for 16 consecutive years!

My amazement while watching the Military Tattoo live for the first time was beyond words. From my going in to going out out of the hall my excitement was overwhelming. The emotional impact I felt stayed for days even weeks.

From folkloric to warrior songs and dances of the Nagaland Indians, Zulu, Singapore, and Maori; from old-time favorites such as the Banana Boat Song by the Trinidad and Tobago Steel Drum to modern pops; the music filled evey fibre of my body.

From mass bands and drills to precision display; every act and performance brought me a wealth of excitement. I was constantly, and still am, in a state of euphoria. I could watch it every year if not for the distance from Norwich to Edinburgh.

When the last act had been performed, the last note had been played, the tribute to the fallen heroes had been paid, the national anthem had been played, the fireworks had been displayed, the last performer had left the esplanade, I heaved a sigh of jealousy and blurted, Why didnt the Scottish drop by the Philippines on their way to New Zealand and Australia? It would have been a great privilege to be a part of the Military Tattoo, a festival every Scottish must be proud of.

I first heard about the Edinburgh Festival during a free guided walking tour on my first visit to the Scottish capital in 2009. Since then I have always wanted to go back and attend the reputed month-long festival. My yearning grew even more when I watched the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on television.

Below are some of the photos I took. I couldnt  be bothered much with the quality as I was trying to focus on and just enjoy the show.


The Best and Finest Pipers and Drummers


Band and Dancers from Malta


Poppies projected on the castle in honor of the WW Heroes


A Maori symbol


Warrior Dancers from Zulu


The Military Tattoo Band Participants

The Lone Piper

The Lone Piper

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2014

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2014

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  • Evan Kristine October 18, 2016, 4:04 pm

    Oh wow, this truly is an amazing experience! It is not everyday you get to watch such a show.
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  • Nancy October 18, 2016, 1:51 am

    This is something we have wanted to do for years! Ive had a lot of friends make it to Tattoo that absolutely loved it! My husbands family is from Aberdeen so you would think we would have made it by now. Next time for sure! Love your pics!
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  • Llamateurs October 17, 2016, 8:19 pm

    Oh, now when we are living in UK we definitely need to go there! Thanks for sharing!

  • Christine | The Traveloguer October 17, 2016, 5:21 pm

    This looks really interesting! What a strange name though 🙂
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  • Angela October 17, 2016, 2:08 pm

    When we visited Edinburgh they were getting ready for this event and I was so mad we werent going to be there to attend! Everyone was talking about it and said it was incredible. So glad you were able to experience it and now we got to along with you!
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  • Tami October 17, 2016, 3:34 am

    I was so confused at the term, tattoo. Ive never heard that referring to anything but having permanent ink embedded in your skin. Very interesting history to these performances, however, and by your description, a very impressive event!
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    • Jemina Sentina October 17, 2016, 1:33 pm

      Same here, Tami, when I first heard it I had ridiculous guesses about the word tattoo. 🙂
      Nevertheless, the event was such an unforgettable experience.

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