The Duchess of Cornwall has been forced to pulled out of attending a Birmingham Royal Ballet gala tonight because she is suffering from a bad back.
Camilla was due to attend the Birmingham Hippodrome with her husband Prince Charles to mark BRB’s 20-year celebration of being in the city.
Now the Prince of Wales will attend the event alone, where he will meet local dignitaries, dancers, backstage staff and local children. He will unveil a plaque marking the anniversary and sign a visitors’ book.
The company, which this year celebrates two decades since its move to Birmingham from London, will be given the royal seal of approval at a performance featuring dance and archive film.
Among those due to meet Prince Charles include former BRB director Sir Peter Wright, former Royal Opera House general director Sir Jeremy Isaacs, former Birmingham Lord Mayor Sir Bernard Zissman and former Hippodrome director Peter Tod – all of whom were involved in the decision to move the dance company to Birmingham.
The royal couple are both closely linked with BRB. Prince Charles is the company’s president while the Duchess of Cornwall is a patron of Elmhurst School for Dance which is associated with BRB.
The evening is due to feature highlights from the company’s past two decades with excerpts from Romeo and Juliet and Sir Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker and as well as pieces by BRB director David Bintley including Carmina Burana.
Also due to perform are Elmhurst pupils, a welcome return for the young people who collaborated with the ballet company on the television series Ballet Hoo!