We Are Most Amused and Amazed
Gospel singer on a star-studded evening to celebrate Prince Charles’ 70th birthday…
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We were invited to attend this glittering night of magic and comedy at the London Palladium to celebrate Prince Charles’ 70th birthday…
One can’t think of a better way for a prince to celebrate his 70th birthday than with a trip to the London Palladium to watch his favourite comedians and magicians!
ITV celebrates the Prince of Wales’s milestone birthday this week with a one-off special, We Are Most Amused and Amazed. Hosted by reunited double act Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller, it features a host of acclaimed performers, including Rowan Atkinson, Bill Bailey, Dynamo and Penn & Teller.
TV Times was lucky enough to be invited to the glitzy event, recorded last month, with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall opting to sit in the front row of the circle balcony rather than the royal box. And he may be a prince, but that didn’t stop the performers making a few jokes at
HRH’S expense – Sooty and
Sweep had a little giggle at his baby photos, while Sandi Toksvig offered some tips on the joys of growing older!
While it was a lovely occasion for the royal birthday boy, it was also a huge night for young singer Rebecca Amissah from Romford, who opened the show singing the national anthem, accompanied by the Band of the Welsh Guards.
Rebecca founded a choir, Gospel Essence, with the support of the Prince’s Trust, and performing was her chance to say thank you. Here, she tells us about her special moment and how she gained a celebrity fan…
How did it feel to open the show? It was nerve-racking – I’d never done anything so prestigious. But
what an amazing honour to sing in front of Prince Charles and the Duchess. I was performing with the Welsh Guards, who are very loud but incredible. I don’t know if I’ll get the opportunity to do that again in my lifetime.
My parents and my partner were in the audience – they were really proud. My dad said Prince Charles tapped him on the shoulder on the way out and had a little chat.
How much preparation went into the performance?
We had two rehearsals with the Guards, and I actually had to get permission to attend the show – I’m in a production of Guys and Dolls in Berkshire at the moment. It’s
been a whirlwind. Luckily I already had a nice dress that I wore for an awards ceremony a few years ago, so I was just lucky that I still fitted into it!
what was the atmosphere like backstage?
Every time someone came off we all clapped and congratulated each other. I chatted to Kylie Minogue at the end, and she was lovely – she said they had been listening to me backstage and they were standing to attention, so that was really nice! I also met Prince Charles for the first time, which was amazing. How has the prince’s
Trust supported you?
I started Gospel Essence about six years ago and I didn’t know how to find clients or start a website, so I went to the Prince’s Trust and they helped me to professionalise what I was already doing. The Trust gives young people an opportunity to better themselves, especially if you are creative. It’s there for anyone with a great idea, not just people who have hit rock bottom.
Prince Charles tapped my dad on the shoulder and had a little chatéProud: rebecca and her parents
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