Balmoral Highlanders Photo Archive
The Balmoral Highlanders were originally Queen Victoria's staff on the Balmoral estate and the uniform consisted of just a jacket and Royal Stewart tartan kilt. The Queens piper wore the Balmoral tartan. Edward the VII decided to develop the uniform and commissioned a complete Highland uniform for his piper and 24 "men-at-arms". William Robb of Ballater was commissioned to make the original silver accoutrements in 1903. The silver wear was hallmarked Edinburgh 1903 and with his makers mark of William Robb of Ballater.
Balmoral Highlanders Uniform
The Balmoral Highlanders uniform is based around the Royal Stewart tartan. The glengarry badge was crafted in silver with the crest of the King in Scotland within a garter with the motto "Nemo Me Impune Lacessit". The jacket buttons were also in silver buttons with the Royal crest. In addition to the jacket accoutrements the Balmoral Highlanders wore a goat's hair sporran with a belt buckle and shoe buckles to match the cantle.
The Piper to the Sovereign (Scottish Gaelic: Piobair an Bhàn Righ, also known as the Queen's Piper or King's Piper) is a position in the British Royal Household in which the holder of the office is responsible for playing the bagpipes at the Sovereign's request.
The position was established in 1843 when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited the Marquess of Breadalbane at Taymouth Castle a year earlier and discovered the Marquess had his own personal piper. The Queen was taken with the idea of having one for herself, writing to her mother, the Dowager Duchess of Kent: