It was an eventful morning for King Charles and Queen Camilla today as they attended their first State Opening of Parliament as monarch and consort, wearing full ceremonial regalia. But they still found the energy to end the day by watching the Royal Ballet give a special performance in aid of NHS workers.
The King and Queen attended a performance of Carlos Acosta’s ‘Don Quixote’ by the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House this evening. The show, hosted by celebrated ballerina Darcey Bussell and BBC presenter Petroc Trelawny, was also broadcast as a live cinema stream into 1000 cinemas across the UK and internationally.
Following their appearance earlier in the day in royal robes and priceless crowns, the King and Queen chose low-key outfits for the ballet. Charles was in a suit and lilac tie with a poppy pinned to his lapel and Camilla chose a deep purple dress.
The royals met Royal Opera House staff on arrival and before taking their seats they also met some of the audience members. Afterwards, they were scheduled to go backstage to say hello to the cast and creatives. “The Queen shares His Majesty’s love of ballet and, as the Duchess of Cornwall, became Patron of Elmhurst Ballet School in 2006. Her Majesty is also Vice-Patron of the Royal Academy of Dance and takes 'Silver Swan’ ballet classes for older learners,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement about the outing. When he was Prince of Wales, Charles became President of the Royal Ballet in 2003 and Patron of the Royal Opera House in 2009.
Tonight’s special performance was created for an audience of NHS workers as the organization celebrates its 75th year. Also in attendance were members of the Royal Opera House’s Songs for Ukraine Chorus. The chorus brings together more than 100 London-based Ukrainians who will perform in a special Christmas concert with members of the Royal Opera Chorus.
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