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Hear the Bagpipe Tune Composed Especially for Queen Elizabeth (You Might Want to Cover Your Ears)

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Talk about noisily heralding the Queen! Elizabeth II received a special musical gift to proclaim her record-breaking reign – and now it can be heard for the first time. (Warning: Pets, small children and anyone unaccustomed to the sound of bagpipes might find it rather loud!)

Called “The Longest Reign,” the bagpipe tune was played for the 89-year-old monarch during a private meeting on Friday. Composed by Pipe Major Stuart Gillies of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, it is the latest proclamation of the monarch’s Sept. 9 milestone when she passed Queen Victoria’s record of 63 years and 216 days.

The regiment said the Queen takes “a keen interest in her bands and pipe music,” and released a video shot in the hills above her Balmoral estate in Scotland. The video shows the pipers playing the “first of what will, no doubt, be one of many public performances of the historic tune,” the Royal Highland Fusiliers said.

The Queen is due to leave the highland estate next week after spending the summer there entertaining her friends and family, including Prince William, Kate and their children, and carrying out her various royal duties.

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