Pipers close up at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

About us

The Tattoo has a proud history. We stretch back for almost seven decades. Following the production of ‘Something About a Soldier’ in the Ross Bandstand in 1949, it was decided to create an event which ran alongside the existing Edinburgh Festivals. The official Tattoo was duly created with its first performance in 1950.

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Mission and purpose

Our Mission: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will deliver world-class, public military events, rooted in Scottish tradition. They will exceed the expectations of our audience and partners. In so doing, they will contribute to our charitable purposes and the prestige, prosperity and people of our nation, our friends and allies.

Our Purpose: Our core purpose is to promote a sense of identity and unity. We see ourselves as a catalyst for bringing together military and civil societies, Scotland and the International community, Britain with current and future allies and the Tattoo with like-minded partners.

Financial Statements

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a charitable organisation.  The parent company at the helm of the organisation is The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Charities) Limited.  Financial statements for this company are available to download below.

Charities we support

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo's charitable purposes are at the heart of everything we do. We're extremely proud to support a number of military charities. We are a not-for-profit organisation, and every year we donate substantial sums to charities.

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines’ charity’s mission is to raise and deliver resources, working with others, to provide the best support to serving and former members of the naval service and their families.

ABF - The Soldiers' Charity

ABF - The Soldiers' Charity give a lifetime of support to soldiers and veterans from the British Army, and their immediate families, when they are in need. We make grants to individuals through their Regiments and Corps and support a wide range of specialist charities that sustain the British Army ‘family’, both at home and around the world.

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

Our principal activities are the following:

• To assist the RAF Family, when they are in need
• To maintain and preserve the RAF Memorial in London on behalf of the nation
• To support the morale and wellbeing of the serving RAF
• To be responsible for the Bomber Command Memorial in central London

Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.

The City of Edinburgh Council Fund

The Council has partnered with The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo to stimulate and support artistic and cultural projects that benefit Edinburgh and those who live in and visit the city.