A black and white photograph posted on the official Royal Family twitter account and Instagram stories shows Her Majesty attending a formal charity event at the Royal Festival Hall in London in November, 1952.
The Queen wore a stunning lilac tulle ball grown for the early event in her now nearly 70 year reign.
Her Majesty became Queen following the death of her father in February 1952, although her Coronation didn’t take place until the following year, several months after this photograph was taken.
Her Majesty The Queen, the charity’s patron, has long supported musical institutions and has regularly attended events in support of musicians throughout her reign.
📸 The Queen at @HelpMusiciansUK’s flagship event, The Festival of St Cecilia at The Royal Festival Hall, 1952. pic.twitter.com/UIjVIJhdG6
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) August 24, 2021
The event attended by the Queen was The Festival of St Cecilia, which was the Help for Musicians UK charity’s flagship event. The image was shared on social media to mark the charity’s 100th year, to highlight how, “they have supported over 21,000 musicians with hardship funding during the pandemic.”
The image was shared as part of a longer thread from the Royal Family highlighting the many organisations and charities of which the Queen is a patron.
“The Queen is Patron of over 500 organisations and charities,” the post read, highlighting some of the music-orientated institutions from the list.
These include the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Choral Society and classical bagpipe group, The Piobaireachd Society.
Yesterday, the Royal Family celebrated a very different event through music, as the Changing of the Guard returned for the first time since March 2020, after being paused over the pandemic.
The “The State Ceremonial Musicians of The Band of the Household Division" band marked the occasion by playing a variety of popular songs, including Gold by Spandau Ballet in honour of the Paralympic games beginning in Tokyo yesterday (24 August).
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