Further to our report in early August that McCallum Bagpipes is to supply a set of pipes for the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations next June, organisers have provided further details.

Bruno Peek, Pageantmaster, said: “Anyone can enter this competition to win a set of McCallum’s MacRae SL4 pipes. This range is modelled on Stuart Liddell’s vintage Duncan MacRae set.

“All they need to do is send us a recording of them playing Stuart’s tune – Diu Regnare – specially composed for this event from the most unusual location of their choice as the sun sets at 9.09pm local time on June 2. This competition is a bit of fun to encourage pipers to take part.

“The piper who our panel of judges believe played at most unusual location will receive this unique inscribed instrument, complete with bag and maintenance kit.

Mr Peek added that 600 pipers worldwide have so far registered their intention to participate in next summer’s event, incuding in some interesting locations:

  • On the summit of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • On top of the crane used during the construction of the Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier.
  • At the residence for the then Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip during his time as a naval officer stationed in Malta.

Entry is free to register participation. Full details here.

The piping initiative to the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations came from the Royal Celtic Society and Bruno Peek, the man behind similar commemorations of the centenary of the end of the Great War and of the 75th anniversary of VE Day.