Although the sweet sounds of bagpipes may not be everyone's ideal way to wake up, King Charles has a long-standing daily routine that includes them.

Wherever the monarch may be living, a lone piper performs a selection of songs for 15 minutes every day at 9:00.

17 pipers have participated in the tradition since Queen Victoria started it 179 years ago.

On Monday, Pipe Major Paul Burns, the present sovereign's piper, performed in Clarence House for the first time.

The component of the bagpipes that is squeezed to push the sound through the drones was spotted on him; it is a brilliant blue bag.

Two stints of seven minutes each make up the piper's daily performance, with a minute in between for tuning and tuning-up the traditional Scottish instrument.

The post was first formed in 1843 under the reign of Queen Victoria, along with the daily unorthodox alarm clock.

Pipe Major Scott Methven, a past holder of the position, claimed that when he accepted it, he was "forced into the inner circle of the monarchy."