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Royal piper was once 'punched' by Queen Elizabeth II over his cheeky joke

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Queen Elizabeth II.Scott Methven, who held the prestigious role of Sovereign's Piper from 2015 to 2019, said he was playing the bagpipes for 22 members of the Royal Family on the Balmoral Castle estate, surrounded by the torch bearers, on the evening in question.It was during the Queen's annual summer retreat, and she had asked him to play the bagpipes through the woods as she'd asked the rest of the family to join her for a barbecue. READ MORE: Sophie Wessex dubbed 'royal secret weapon' as she's tipped to be Duchess of Edinburgh He told the People that after the woodland walk, he played for the Royal Family outside a small cottage on the estate"It was probably the eeriest and weirdest thing I've ever done," he said.At around 8pm the family started coming out, but at that exact same moment, however, a cloud of midges also arrived and started "biting everyone to death," sais Methven.

While Prince William, Kate Middleton and the rest of the royal family started swiping at the insects, Methven himself stood completely still and continued to play his pipes — something he says that made a big impression on the Queen. "I never flickered an inch.

Never moved an inch once as I played," he said.Methven was later invited for drink and was personally handed a "three-quarters of a wine glass full of whisky as a joke."He added: "The Queen said 'Pipes.

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