David Nixon, Martha Leebolt, Tobias Batley and I attended a reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate young people in the performing arts. The event was hosted by HM The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
We arrived at 5.15 and passed through the main gates, walking across the courtyard and around the inner quadrangle to the main entrance. We followed the red carpet up the staircase and into the Portrait Gallery for champagne and canapes.
After an hour we we were invited to join the receiving line and the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh shook hands with each of their 350 guests.
We processed through a series of stunning reception rooms to the Ballroom where we watched a collection of performances based around the theme of Romeo and Juliet. It was very exciting to imagine the celebrations that had taken place in those rooms only 10 days before!
After the performance we were left to wander through the reception rooms for more champagne and canapes and mingle with the star guests. The highlight (after meeting Her Majesty) was to meet Helen Mirren who was sitting just in front of us for the performance.
All too soon it was time to leave to prepare for the trip to Belfast and more performances of Cleopatra. For all of us a truly memorable evening.