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VIDEO: Pipe bands get ready for big performance in front of The Queen

The Massed Pipes and Drums of the Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps came together this week to perform in front of family and friends.

The massed pipes and drums performed Beating Retreat at Aberdeen’s Gordon Barracks on Tuesday evening in preparation for a private performance which took place this afternoon in front of Her Majesty at Balmoral.

Members of the public went along yesterday to enjoy the free musical and ceremonial spectacle.

The Pipes and Drums marched onto the parade square at 6.30pm for their 40 minute performance.

Beating Retreat is a military ceremony dating from the 16th Century and was first used to recall patrolling units to their camps.

The London version takes place on Horse Guards Parade each year, on the Wednesday and Thursday evenings preceding Trooping the Colour.

The Massed Bands, Pipes and Drums and Corps of Drums of the Household Division, supported by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and visiting military bands from other services around the world perform a sunset concert involving precision drill, horses, cannons and fireworks in time with the music.

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