The Fulham Band were booked to play at the Celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this afternoon. After being ushered over to the adjacent All Saint’s Church, we were asked whether we could stay to play for a mystery guest.
After a short wait, it became clear that we were likely to be playing for someone who was more important than your run-of-the-mill celeb, especially when we were presented with copies of the national anthem
Soon after, there was a stirring in the crowd and the object of the excitement became clear; the mystery guest was none other than H.R.H. Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and his daughthers, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice. After a tour of the grounds, the Royal party returned to the Church, where the band played the Trumpet Tune from Te Deum, and then the National Anthem. The Prince talked to members of the band, particularly Sarah Linstead and the Princesses posed for pictures with members of the band. Soon after, the Royal Party left to join the flotilla up the Thames to Tower Bridge.