Lydia – by royal appointment

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TEENAGER Lydia Wyatt will perform for the Queen at the Palace of Westminster as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The 13-year-old will be performing with the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain as part of the Diamond Jubilee weekend, on Tuesday, June 5.

The orchestra will perform a programme of music at lunch for members of the Royal family including the Queen, Prince William and his wife Kate, and Prince Harry.

Lydia’s mum, Helen, said: “She couldn’t believe it. We didn’t know anything about it until we got an unexpected email telling us that this was going to happen because the orchestra had to check how many children could attend. It came completely out of the blue but she is so excited. It is just another once in a lifetime opportunity.”

The Rastrick High School student will travel down to London on Good Friday to perform with the orchestra in London and Birmingham. “I assume some of the programme they will play there will be used. She will be going down to Heathrow on Saturday, June 2, and rehearsing on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. On Tuesday morning they will go to Westminster and perform at the lunch. They will be doing three day solid of rehearsing.”

Throughout the day the Queen will attend a service at St Paul’s Cathedral for the National service of thanksgiving followed by two receptions, one at the Mansion House, and the other at the Guildhall.

Following the lunch the royal family will travel along a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace before appearing on the balcony for an RAF flypast.