• The Queen says sad, unexpected goodbye at palace

    Ever since she came to the throne in 1952, the Queen has been woken up by the sound of the bagpipes being played to her, but for the past five weeks this tradition has come to an unexpected stop while the 92-year-old monarch has been residing in Balmoral. Her Majesty's current piper, Pipe Major Scott Methven, was forced to stop his royal duties due to family reasons. A royal source told Daily Mail that the Queen was very understanding about the situation and agreed that Scott should leave his work duties immediately. Scott was the 15th piper to hold the position,