Queen Camilla close to tears over blind pianist’s performance
Coronation Concert: Lucy Illingworth leaves Camilla close to tears
King Charles and Queen Camilla were treated to an incredible Coronation Concert on Sunday evening with stars including Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and others at Windsor Castle. The newly crowned monarch and his wife appeared to enjoy the show as Richie performed “All Night Long,” at one point getting up on their feet and swaying to the music.
But it was when 13-year-old Lucy Illingworth performed that Queen Camilla appeared most touched.
The blind pianist performed a rendition of Bach’s Prelude in C Major, making Queen Camila close to tears while watching.
The teenager is a part of the Amber Trust, a charity that Queen Camilla is patron of.
The trust, which provides musical opportunities for blind and partially sighted children, previously shared their pride at her being chosen to perform at the concert.
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They posted on their website: “We are thrilled that Lucy has the opportunity of participating in such a historic moment, celebrating the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort.”
Other members of the royal family, including 8-year-old Princess Charlotte and Prince George, 9, waved Union flags along with a crowd of some 20,000 gathered on the castle’s east terrace.
Charlotte and her mother, Kate, the Princess of Wales, sang along as Perry, dressed in a gold foil ball gown, performed her pop hit “Roar.”
‘Top Gun’ star Tom Cruise appeared in a recorded video message, saying: “Pilot to pilot. Your Majesty, you can be my wingman any time.” The mixed program also saw performances by the Royal Ballet, Nicole Scherzinger from the Pussycat Dolls, opera singer Andrea Bocelli and British band Take That.
Even Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog made an appearance, joking with host Hugh Bonneville.
The entertainment was interspersed with more serious moments. A message from Charles on the importance of environmental conservation was played, and the show was accompanied by a light and drone display with a nature theme.
Prince William, heir to the throne, took to the stage to pay tribute to his father’s dedication to service. “Pa, we are all so proud of you,” he said.
Concertgoers sang “God Save the King” as landmarks around the UK were lit up in colourful lights.
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