Marking The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at the RAD

To mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we’ve been looking back at events surrounding her 70-year patronage of the RAD.

We’re looking back into the distant and not so distant past, with the early days of Her Majesty’s involvement with the RAD, to the more recent Patron’s Lunch in 2016 which saw the RAD dancers turn out en masse for the celebrations. We’ll also find out what it’s like to receive Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award from David McAllister, former principal and artistic director of The Australian Ballet and Carlos Acosta, former principal of The Royal Ballet and artistic director of Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Queen Elizabeth II leaves after attending the opening ceremony of the sixth session of the Senedd in Cardiff. Picture date: Thursday October 14, 2021.Photo: Jacob King/PA Wire/PA Images.

Royal connections

We delve into our archives to discover photos that document our royal connections.
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The Patron's Lunch

Stories from those who took part in the Patron's Lunch in 2016.
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What’s it like to receive the QEII Award?

David McAllister and Carlos Acosta look back on receiving the award.
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Platinum Jubilee playlists

A selection of specially curated music to get you in the mood for the big weekend.
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