Piper plays at birthday of Prince Charles

Sargeant Paul Burns
Sargeant Paul Burns

A Hillside army piper had the honour of playing a royal salute at Edinburgh Castle to mark the 65th birthday of His Royal Highness Prince Charles.

Former Montrose Academy pupil Sergeant Paul Burns (30) played at the prestigious birthday ceremony on November 14.

Sergeant Burns is Pipe Major of the Pipes and Drums of The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS), who are based at Dreghorn Barracks in Edinburgh.

Mr Burns said: “1 SCOTS were deeply honoured to provide the Royal Guard and the Pipers and Drums at the 21-gun royal salute to mark the 65th birthday of His Royal Highness The Duke of Rothesay.

“The Royal Salute provided another occasion for the soldiers of 1 SCOTS to display their professionalism and pride in conducting such an honour.”

Sergeant Burns joined the Army in 1999 and has served in Northern Ireland, Iraq, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Kenya, and Belize.

He is married to Lyndsay and they have two children Mackenzie (6), and Isla (3).

The Royal Scots Borderers (1 SCOTS) is an infantry battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Two infantry regiments, the Royal Scots and the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, merged on the March 28, 2006, and with the other Scottish infantry regiments, amalgamated into the single seven battalion strong Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Members of the pipes and drums are assault pioneers within the battalion.