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.Sign up for updates
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.
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.