I partied at Buckingham Palace – Days 3-6

Can’t form a substantial account of the past few days. Mind blown. Nose clogged up with hay fever. Turned 18. Slightly sunburnt.

I hope you can understand. If not, you will by the end of this post.

Day 3- Rehearsing at St John’s Smiths Square:
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Zadok The Priest – Coronation Anthem with The Bach Choir:
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Day 4, to Buckingham Palace for rehearsals and soundcheck:
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Yes, I would like a wipe.

How Djeikub copes with the heat:
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Day 5 – Rehearsals with the other stars of the show.

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How to get food at the palace:
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Day 6 – my 18th birthday, the first Coronation gala performance. Everyone knows the whole show is for me, not really for the Queen’s Coronation.

Performers’ passes.
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Keep them with you at all times…

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Androgynous jackets:
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Last rehearsals before the concert. Djeikub needed to remind himself about the very last note we play in the show:

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Venturing out of the gates:
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Sitting in Green Park, waiting for food…
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Food for 73:
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Donating the use of my hat to prevent a sunburnt scalp:
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Djeikub trying to cover up his nonexistent eye circles:
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Concert time! Holy moly woly roly poly we are about to perform at Buckingham Palace, in the presence of HM The Queen.
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We are about to share a stage with:

Katie Melua
The Feeling
Katherine Jenkins
Russell Watson…

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…Claude-Michel Schönberg (composer of Les Mis)
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
English National Ballet…
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Sylvia Young Theatre School
Gareth Malone
Eric Whitacre
Only Boys Aloud
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Does my hair look okay for the Queen?

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I met Eric Whitacre!

It’s my birthday… Could I have a photo with you?

I was holding an apple core in my hand at the time. Very classy.
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Not a typical British 18th birthday celebration that usually involves alcohol. Last night was far more exciting. I ate sausage rolls, doughnuts, FRUBES, crisps and Cornish pasties.

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What 6000 people leaving theirs seats looks like:
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Can’t believe there are two more performances… Roll on today and tomorrow!
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Watch the highlights on BBC1 this Saturday! Meanwhile we have a free day in London before returning to the palace.

Again, I would like to thank the almighty powers above for blessing me with the best birthday in the world: July 11th 2013.

Oh dear, I am 18 years old. An adult.

Now I am completely free. I can do things. Freaky…

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3 thoughts on “I partied at Buckingham Palace – Days 3-6

  1. Amazing… BTW I used to work just fifty yards from St John’s….small world, eh? I never got to see Buckingham Palace though, not even the garden.

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