The gift came courtesy of Canadian bagpipers who played for the Queen at Balmoral Castle

By Simon Perry
Updated August 25, 2015 01:35 PM
Credit: Mario Testino /Art Partner

Princess Charlotte can now go adorably mad for plaid.

A Canadian bagpipe band gifted the nearly 4-month-old royal with a tartan design during a a visit to see her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth, 89, last week.

The pinafore dress was designed by one of the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band, who made their third performance at Balmoral Castle, where the Queen and her family spend every summer.

Band member Bethany Bisaillion told Canada AM that the dress is in “Maple Leaf” tartan, matching the Scottish theme. “We hope that she gets it in time that she doesn t grow out of it!” she said.

It follows the gifts of a kilt for 2-year-old Prince George during a visit to Balmoral in 2013, a Maple Leaf fascinator hat for Princess Kate and a waistcoat for Prince William made by them for the couple’s first visit to Canada in 2011.

Pipe band major Bisaillion and her band played alongside the Canadian Mass Pipers and Drums before the Queen and Prince Philip, 94, their daughter-in-law Sophie Wessex, 50, and her daughter Lady Louise, 11.

Although it was a third visit for her, it was still nerve-wracking. “I was getting a little emotional,” Bisaillion said of greeting the Queen, who acknowledged that she remembered them from before. “I had to bite my lip and be stoic!”

“She recognized us from our last visit. That’s quite extraordinary. The look on her face was priceless. It just warmed my heart,” she told the Canadian morning show. “I tried to attempt a really good curtsy but the grass was s bit slippery, so I don t know how I fared!”

Why Princess Charlotte Is the Perfect Baby!

Charlotte is expected to be taken to Scotland by her parents for what’s thought to be her first visit at some point later in the summer. The Queen stays there until early October, but continues with her work, and has a public engagement on the day she passes Queen Victoria’s record-breaking reign on September 9.

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