(Sri Carmichael's article appeared in the Evening Standard, October 15.)

The Queen’s secret trip to theatre stuns audience

The Queen stunned a London theatre audience by slipping in to see a performance unannounced, minus an entourage.

She and Prince Philip apologetically squeezed into their seats for War Horse at the New London Theatre as the lights dimmed for curtain-up.

The Queen wore a simple dark green dress and any bodyguards she had were “so discreet as to be invisible”, according to theatre-goers on Monday night.

A journalist from The Lady magazine, who attended the performance, said: “The Queen and the Duke sat down as the lights dimmed and it was a huge shock when people realised who they were.

“They were incredibly apologetic for asking people to let them past and there was no hubbub or fuss about it all. It was amazing, they just sat among the audience and enjoyed the performance. At the interval they disappeared and reappeared very discreetly. When they left at the end, they were given a round of applause, which the Queen acknowledged with a wave.”

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