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The Queen’s Piper played for the British monarch every morning for 15 minutes wherever she was staying. He played a final lament as she was laid to rest.

  • The Piper to the Sovereign played a 15-minute tune every morning for the Queen wherever she was.
  • A funeral was held for the Queen Monday, where the royal family paid their final respects.
  • The Queen’s Piper played a final lament as her coffin was lowered into the royal vault.

The Queen’s Piper played for the Queen most mornings until she was laid to rest at St. George’s Chapel on Monday, where he played a final lament for the late British monarch.

A funeral service for Queen Elizabeth II took place on Monday at London’s Westminster Abbey — where she was also married and coronated in 1947 and 1953 respectively. The Queen died on September 8 at 96 years old, ending her unprecedented 70-year reign.

Her son, King Charles III, and other members of the royal family paid their final respects to the monarch as her coffin was taken to St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle for a smaller committal ceremony, signifying the end of her reign after the crown, scepter, and orb were removed from atop the coffin.

Pipe Major Paul Burns played a final lament, “A Salute to the Royal Fendersmith,” as the Queen’s coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault at St. George’s Chapel, where she was laid to rest with her husband Prince Philip, who died in April last year.

At the Queen’s request, the Piper to the Sovereign — a position dating back to the reign of Queen Victoria in 1843 — concluded the committal service playing “Sleep, Dearie, Sleep.”

The royal piper, whom the monarch affectionately referred to as “Pipes,” served as somewhat of a personal alarm clock for the Queen over her decades-long reign.

In an interview with the BBC last week, Pipe Major Scott Methven, who served as the Queen’s piper from 2015 to 2019, recalled his time serving the monarch, saying “she enjoyed the bagpipes, but she got to know you as a person.”

Methven, who was the Queen’s 15th piper, said she had a “quick wit,” recalling a moment he accidentally referred to her as “Her Royal Highness.”

“I said ‘I do beg your pardon, good afternoon Your Majesty’ and she grabbed me by the arm and said ‘Pipes, it has been 60 years since somebody called me Your Royal Highness, and I quite liked it,'” he said.

The former royal piper also remembered Elizabeth’s kindness when he lost his parents and wife while in his role, and the Queen excused him from his royal duties to mourn.

“I was standing with the Queen, and she said, ‘If you’re not here in the morning and you don’t play the bagpipes, then I know you’re away. Don’t wait to ask anyone, just go home if your family need you because it’s family first,'” he said of the conversation.

He added: “She grabbed me by the arm again and said, ‘You know, Pipes, if anyone has a problem with that, you tell them that I said it was OK to go.'”



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