The Princess Royal has thanked performers at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo as they prepare for the event’s return after a three-year absence.
The event has been held at the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade since 1950, but was cancelled in 2020 and in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Hundreds of performers from countries across the world will take part in the Tattoo, which runs between August 5 and August 27.
Speaking to performers ahead of a final dress rehearsal on Thursday evening, Anne, who is patron of the Tattoo, said she hoped they are enjoying being a part of the event.
“It is a great shame we have not been able to do this for the last couple of years,” she told them.
“I hope you all know what pleasure it gives to so many and the good it does.
“Above all, I hope you enjoyed being part of it, and from my perspective, thank you very much indeed for giving me the time to do this.”
Acts at the event are set to include the Top Secret Drum Corp from Switzerland.
Drum co-ordinator Erik Julliard expressed the group’s excitement at returning.
“We’ve had a good time here and we’ve had time to go to the Highlands and see some old friends,” said Julliard.
“The weather is not as nice. It’s warm and cold and warm and cold but we’ve enjoyed it and it has been different every day.”
One act making their debut at the Tattoo this year are the Highland Divas, who will be providing much of the vocal backing.
They have been in rehearsals for four months and say they are excited to be at the Tattoo.
“It’s such an amazing event, it is special for everybody,” they said.