A Royal Tartan
Throughout history, all around the world, and for one reason or another, certain fabrics, colors, and patterns have been reserved for royalty. One such pattern is the Balmoral tartan. In 1848 Queen Victoria and Prince Albert purchased the Scottish estate of Balmoral, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, within the Cairngorms National Park. They soon fell in love with the land and the highland culture, and so they built Balmoral Castle on the estate.
Inspired by the granite stones used to build the Castle, Prince Albert designed the tartan in subtle grays with stripes of black and red. Since that time, the tartan is worn only by the queen, members of the royal family who have her permission, and her personal piper who has a kilt and plaid made from the fabric.