A Prince of England meets the Queen of the Nile

Published on Friday 30 September, 2011

Earlier this year Northern Ballet's Royal Patron, Prince Edward, or to give him his full title, HRH The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO, attended a performance of Cleopatra with his wife The Countess of Wessex at Sadler's Wells.

Our Cleopatra cast. Photo Ryan Hopkinson.

The Countess arriving and David Nixon & Mark Skipper greeting the royal guests. Photo Ryan Hoopkinson.Following the performance the couple went backstage to meet cast and crew. So what happened when the Prince of England met the Queen of Egypt? Martha Leebolt, our premiere dancer and lead Cleopatra, said "Prince Edward is always so lovely when we meet him. He told me how much he enjoyed my performance and how he didn’t know where I found the energy to perform on stage for so long."

Their visit came towards the end of a very busy and successful week for Northern Ballet in London with our celeb-packed opening night to a successful fundraising dinner and a lunch hosted by HRH The Earl of Wessex for Northern Ballet and our supporters at Buckingham Palace.

HRH The Earl of Wessex has been Royal Patron to Northern Ballet since 2003, it was a position formerly held by his late aunt, HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. He has been a great supporter of Northern Ballet and regularly attends performances by the Company. In January this year he officially opened our new home in Leeds.

Meeting the cast, crew & orchestra members. Photo Ryan Hopkinson.
Meeting the Queen of Egypt. Photo Ryan Hopkinson. David Nixon introduces the cast. Photo Ryan Hopkinson. Meeting the cast. Photo Ryan Hopkinson.
Meeting Octavian (Hironao Takahashi). Photo Ryan Hopkinson.