7. Military bands and performers come from all over the world as well, one of the more popular being the Royal Netherland Grenadiers. Nearly 50 countries have participated since its inception.
8. The Tattoo contributes a large portion of its profits to charities helping people such as the RAF Benevolent Fund, the Soldiers Charity, and many more to help alleviate those fighting poverty, stress, unemployment or coping with disabilities and sickness.
9. The patron of the Tattoo , rather fittingly, is HRH, The Princess Royal, Princess Anne.
10. Lastly, a bit of trivia. Tattoos can be found all over Britain ( and indeed the world) so if you come across one in your travels, do attend as they are amazing, military-based performances and music. The trivia? The word tattoo really has nothing much if anything to do with this type of performance – it comes from “last call” in the Dutch pubs in the 1600’s – “doe den tap toe”.
RAF Red Arrows at the 2014 Tattoo (Image: Bigstock)