A teenage ballet dancer from Sheffield enjoyed the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by stepping out as part of a royal celebration.
High Storrs School pupil Adam Davies, aged 16, performed in the gardens of Buckingham Palace in London, as part of the Queen’s 60th coronation celebrations.
He played the role of a fish footman from Alice in Wonderland, having auditioned for the National Youth Ballet’s summer school.
Mum Chris, of Carter Knowle Road, Carter Knowle, said: “He got a call a few days later, asking if he would like to perform for the Queen’s Coronation Festival.
“It was as much as a surprise to him as it was to the National Youth Ballet.
“Adam was invited to perform for four consecutive days on a stage in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.
“The costume was heavy and extremely thick and this made it hard to dance in.
“It also got very stuffy when wearing the fish’s head and padded stomach.
“On the VIP day, Adam got a glimpse of the Queen and many other famous guests.
“He also got to appear on The One Show, along with all the National Youth Ballet cast.
“He had a fantastic time and learnt much from such a rewarding opportunity.”
Adam also took part in the summer school and trained for 10 days with professional dancers.