Balmoral Highlanders Photo Archive

Balmoral Highlanders uniform and accoutrements

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:

The Royal piper at Balmoral.
The king's piper at Balmoral wore Balmoral tartan kilt with matched underwear trews and full pipers plaid and matched tartan full hose. Instead of the glengarry the piper wears a Balmoral bonnet with the matched glengarry badge. The pipers uniform also consisted of  leather brogues with silver buckles, leather waist belt and crossbelt with large silver buckles, silver mounted sporran bearing the royal crest, plaid brooch, silver mounted dirk with companion knife and fork and silver mounted skean dubh, all decorated with Celtic strap work en suite. A gem set powder horn and silver arm plate all decorated with the royal crest complete the uniform.
Today the Queen has a piper who wears the Balmoral Highlanders uniform at Balmoral who plays for her majesty when the official military Queen's piper is not at the castle. He is also a worker on the estate and at this time (2017 ) he is also the estate painter at the castle.
We have added a selection of our photos from the castle. © House of Labhran
Queens Piper - Balmoral Highlanders Uniform
Balmoral Highlanders Photo Archive 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.
Balmoral Highlanders Uniform
Balmoral Highlanders Uniform - Balmoral Castle
Balmoral Highlanders Uniforms
Balmoral Highlanders Uniforms - Balmoral Castle
Balmoral Highlanders Uniform - Balmoral Castle - The Piper to the Sovereign Uniform
Balmoral Highlanders Uniform - Balmoral Castle - The Piper to the Sovereigns Uniform
Balmoral Highlanders Uniform - Balmoral Castle - The Piper to the Sovereign Uniform - Dirk detail
Balmoral Highlanders Uniform - Balmoral Castle - The Piper to the Sovereign Uniform
Balmoral Highlanders Uniform - Balmoral Castle - The Piper to the Sovereign Uniform
Balmoral Highlanders Uniform - Balmoral Castle - The Piper to the Sovereigns Uniform
Balmoral Highlanders Uniform - Balmoral Castle - The Piper to the Sovereign Uniform with powder horn
Balmoral Highlanders Uniform - Balmoral Castle - The Piper to the Sovereign Uniform Bonnet Badge
Balmoral Highlanders Uniform - Balmoral Castle - The Piper to the Sovereign Uniform
Balmoral Highlanders Uniform - Balmoral Castle - The Piper to the Sovereign Uniform
Balmoral Highlanders Uniform - Balmoral Castle - The Piper to the Sovereign Uniform Crossbelt Badge
Balmoral Highlanders Photo Archive
Balmoral Highlanders Uniform - Balmoral Castle
Balmoral Highlanders Silver Dirk
Balmoral Highlanders Silver Dirk
Balmoral Highlanders Uniform - Balmoral Castle - Silver Belt Buckle & Goat Hair Sporran
Balmoral Highlanders Uniform - Balmoral Castle - Silver Belt Buckle & Goat Hair Sporran
Balmoral Highlanders Photo Archive
Balmoral Highlanders Silver Waist Belt Buckle
Balmoral Highlanders Uniform - Balmoral Castle - Silver Goat Hair Sporran
Balmoral Highlanders Silver Button
Balmoral Castle - Royal Deeside - Scotland
Balmoral Castle - Royal Deeside - Scotland