Burns Night: How the Royals celebrate with the Scots

Burns Night
This is how the royals celebrate with the Scots

Queen Elizabeth II loves Scotland.

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The royal family celebrates "Burns Night": This is what the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Co. came up with for the Scots.

In honor of the Scottish poet and writer Robert Burns (1759-1796), "Burns Night" – also known as "Burns Supper" – is celebrated every year on his birthday, January 25th. The British royal family is sticking to the tradition that is also celebrated in Canada, Northern Ireland, the USA and Australia.

Snowy highlands

Queen Elizabeth II (94) posted a Burns poem about the Scottish Highlands and romantic photos of the snowy Balmoral Castle, her "home in the Highlands", as the comment on Instagram says, as well as the River Dee. "We wish all of our Scottish followers a happy #BurnsNight," said the Queen.


"In many ways Burns Night is a festival like no other: Scottish through and through and yet of international appeal. Probably no other poet in history has ever been celebrated as much as Robert Burns," writes heir apparent Prince Charles (72) appreciatively Instagram. In the accompanying video he recites the first lines of Burns' most famous poem "Auld Lang Syne". These words have become a symbol of connectedness around the world – and this feeling of connectedness has never been more important than now, the post continues. Prince Charles closes with the Scottish toast "Sláinte!" ("Health").

Wife Camilla (73) also recites a "favorite poem" of the celebrated author, "My Heart's in the Highlands", on the shared Instagram page. Her comment: "Please go on, stay strong, stay safe – and carry the inspiring spirit of Burns Night with you all year round!"

"Slàinte Mhath!" in tartan

Prince William (38) and wife Duchess Kate (39) even wished "Slàinte Mhath!" ("Good health!") On her Instagram account. In the video clip, the mother of three wears a dress by designer Emilia Wickstead with a red tartan pattern. Not only the two royals can be seen, but also the employees of the NHS Tayside hospital. William and Kate thanked them with a "traditional haggis meal".