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7 photos of the royals wearing kilts to celebrate Burns Night

The royals have close ties to Scotland

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The royal family has long had close ties with Scotland, with the Queen taking her annual summer break at Balmoral Castle.

You'll often see male members of the Firm, such as Prince Philip and Prince Charles, wearing kilts while carrying out engagements in the country.

The British royal family even has its own Balmoral tartan, which was designed by Prince Albert in 1857, and can only be worn with permission from the Queen. The only other person allowed to wear the Balmoral tartan is Her Majesty The Queen's Piper, whose kilt and plaid are made in it.

In honour of Burns Night on 25 January, which celebrates the life and poetry of Scotland's bard Robert Burns, HELLO! takes a look at some of our favourite photos of the royals wearing kilts.  

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Photographers captured this family snap of the Queen during the first few months of her reign in 1952. The Duke of Edinburgh wore a kilt as the couple posed outside Balmoral Castle with Prince Charles and Princess Anne.

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Prince Charles has been wearing the Balmoral tartan since he was a child, with the palace releasing this sweet portrait of the heir to the throne in the grounds of the Queen's Scottish residence to mark his seventh birthday in 1955.

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The Queen's eldest grandchild Peter Phillips wore a kilt as he, his sister Zara and their mother Princess Anne arrived in Scotland for their annual holiday in 1985.

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Prince Charles wore a kilt as he enjoyed a walk with his sons Prince William and Prince Harry at Polvier by the River Dee in 1997.

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We love this photo of Prince Philip attending the 2006 Braemar Gathering in Scotland. The Highland Games are one of the highlights of the royal family's summer calendar, along with the annual Ghillies Games at Balmoral Castle.

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Prince Edward donned the uniform of the London Scottish Regiment to review the Chelsea Pensioners during the annual Founder's Day parade at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in 2017.

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Princess Margaret's grandson, Samuel Chatto, was spotted wearing traditional dress at the Mey Highland Games in 2019.

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