The Queen & Duke Go to the Theatre
Never one to stand on ceremony, the Queen is taking informality to new levels.
On Monday, members of the audience at War Horse, at the New London Theatre, stood up to allow a couple to squeeze past to take their seats just before the curtain rose. They were amazed to discover that the couple apologising were the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. “When they left at the end, they were given a round of applause, which Her Majesty acknowleged with a wave,” says a journalist from The Lady who was present.
War Horse is an award-winning production based on the celebrated novel by Michael Morpurgo. Set during the First World War, it is a tale of bravery, loyalty, and the extraordinary bond between a young recruit and his horse.
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Bollywood Goes to Buckingham
Oh what I wouldn’t do to see HRH’s dance moves!
Bhangra and Bollywood came to Buckingham Palace as the Queen celebrated Britain’s Asian talent.
The monarch hosted a reception for Indian writers, actors, sportsmen and business people ahead of a state visit by the Indian President Pratibha Patil at the end of the month. Husband and wife Sanjeev Bhaskar and Meera Syal, the stars of the award winning BBC comedy show The Kumars at No 42, were among the guests treated to an extract of the hit show Bollywood Steps. Performers from the dance group Nutkhut did a 15 minute extract from the show Bollywood Steps inspired by Indian movies.
The performance took place in the palace’s ballroom in the shadow of a 30ft domed red velvet canopy, used at the coronation Durbar, or court, of George V and Queen Mary in Delhi, India in 1911.
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