Armed Forces joined together in the annual Royal Military Edinburgh Tattoo 2022, to celebrate the talent of military Pipers, Drummers and Musicians.
Over 225,000 people attended the grounds of Edinburgh Castle, while almost one billion people across the world tuned in to watch live.
This years’ theme focussed on ‘voices,’ inspiring the Next Generation of RAF and showcasing different cultures and traditions from around the world. Performers were given the stage to express themselves, with acts from countries such as the USA, Switzerland, Mexico, and New Zealand.
The RAF Pipes & Drums Band provided music alongside personnel and veterans from the UK and NATO military. 603 Royal Auxiliary Air Force Squadron supported the performances, with guests from RAF Astra and the RAF Youth & STEM Network. RAF Brize Norton also provided a spectacular flypast of a C-17 Globemaster aircraft.
Senior Commanders took the Salute for the RAF on each evening of the Tattoo, including the Chief of the Air Staff, Sir Mike Wigston; Deputy Commander Capability, Air Marshal Sir Rich Knighton; Director-General of Joint Force Development, Air Marshal Ian Gale; former Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Anthony Bagnall; and former Deputy Commander Operations, Air Marshal Sir Gerry Mayhew.
Hundreds of artistic performers gave breath-taking displays under the dazzling lights on the Esplanade.
The crowds were captivated by the fantastic array of colourful costumes and Day of the Dead makeup that recreated a lively Mexican carnival atmosphere. Not only in tribute the Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, but also the late Duke of Edinburgh; the colours and movements inspired by an image taken of him during trip to Mexico to support the conservation of monarch butterflies.
Highland Country dancers stepped along to the music of the bands in traditional Scottish tartan, alongside the full dress of the RAF Pipes & Drums Band.
The Show was a thrilling success for all who performed, attended, and watched.