A birthday salute fit for a prince ...

Corporal Michael Munro
Corporal Michael Munro

A Glenrothes soldier recently played at a royal salute at Edinburgh Castle to mark the 65th birthday of HRH Prince Charles.

Army drummer, Corporal Michael Munro, is a member of the Pipes and Drums of The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS) and played during the event for the Duke of Rothesay last month.

The 28-year-old told the Gazette: “1 SCOTS who are based at Dreghorn Barracks in Edinburgh were deeply honoured to provide the Royal Guard and the Pipers and Drums at the 21-Gun Royal Salute to mark the 65th Birthday of His Royal Highness The Duke of Rothesay.

“The Royal Salute provided another occasion for the soldiers of 1 SCOTS to display their professionalism and pride in conducting such an honour.”

The Prince was on an official tour of India with his wife on his birthday when the royal salutes were held at different locations around the UK.

In addition to the salute at Edinburgh Castle, there was a 21-gun salute in York and a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park in London and a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London.

Corporal Munro joined the Army in 2001 and has served in Germany, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Russia, United States, Malta, Iraq, Canada, and Kenya.

He is married to Christina and they have a two-and-a-half year old son, Calum.

The Royal Scots Borderers (1 SCOTS) is an infantry battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Two infantry regiments ; the Royal Scots and the King’s Own Scottish Borderers merged on March 28, 2006, and with the other Scottish infantry regiments amalgamated into the single seven battalion strong Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Members of the pipes and drums are assault pioneers within the battalion.