Performers prepare for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo's return

The showpiece event at Edinburgh Castle has been cancelled for two years because of the COVID pandemic.

Preparations are under way for the long-awaited return of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Established in 1950, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo usually takes place every year in August on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle – this week will see its first return since 2019.

The showpiece event has been cancelled for the last two years due to the COVID pandemic but the countdown is on for this year's return in August.

This year the iconic event will once again look to entertain the thousands who will flock to Edinburgh Castle.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a series of military tattoos performed by both British and international armed forces and their bands.

A run of nightly performances throughout August awaits the crowds who will flock to the event.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is also the name of the charitable organisation behind the event.

Its purpose is to "promote a sense of identity and unity", bringing together military and civil societies across the UK and the international community.