The King’s charity is encouraging people with lung conditions or breathing difficulties to take up the bagpipes to improve their health.

The Prince’s Foundation pilot programme will offer participants the chance to learn the Scottish national instrument after some bagpipers reported it was beneficial to the cardiovascular system.

Playing the instrument is said to help regulate breathing, increase lung capacity and lower blood pressure, the Foundation said.

The programme, Piping for Health, was developed with the help of Dr Michael Dixon, the King’s doctor and head of the Royal Medical Household, in partnership with the National Piping Centre, which promotes the music and history of the Highland bagpipe.

The King is both patron of the National Piping Centre and a firm supporter of complementary therapies,

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