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# 171 – Alastair Bruce

Published April 28, 2024

Royal Commentator & Historian Major General Alastair Bruce OBE

Major General Alastair Bruce OBE is known for his engaging live TV commentary, here and in America, on royal weddings, jubilees, and the King’s Coronation, giving viewers an accurate insight into ceremonial life and history.

Alastair – a direct descendant of the revered warrior king Robert the Bruce – is the current Governor of Edinburgh Castle, a role which dates back to 1107.

He reveals his love of the realm goes back to childhood when he made a detailed replica of the crown jewels from clay and a ballcock! Her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth 11, was intrigued by his long-held fascination when he filmed a documentary featuring an intimate conversation with the Monarch about her coronation of 1953.

Alastair has served 45 years in the Army, advised on set throughout the making of Downton Abbey and puts his extraordinary historical and royal knowledge to use on major films, including The King’s Speech.