The magnificent Windsor Castle gardens played host to a spectacular event on Sunday, as King Charles III's Coronation Concert unfolded in front of a star-studded audience. Two lucky Cadets from Cumbria Army Cadet Force - Cadet Cpl Jasmine Bell, 16, from Longtown and Cadet LCpl Ziva Scott, 15, from Kendal, were among the privileged attendees who witnessed this historic celebration.
The breath-taking concert featured performances by Lang Lang, Olly Murs, and Take That. Attendees were treated to both world-reknowned entertainers and a sensational drone display during the captivating performance of Katy Perry. It was the first time a concert of this scale had taken place within the grounds of Windsor. Adding to the evening's excitement the girls reflected: "It was quite something to sing God Save the King for the first time and in front of His Majesty too. What an honour."
The concert tickets were generously donated by the Lord Lieutenant of of Cumbria, Mrs Claire Hensman CVO, and were awarded as prizes by Cumbria Army Cadet Force to the top Cadet and the most improved Cadet in the skills of fieldcraft at their recent camp. The concert not only celebrated the Coronation of King Charles III but was a suitable reward for two female Cadets whose values and standards surpassed the other 32 Cadets on Easter Camp. Their Commandant, Colonel Guy Harnby, recognised their success: "Both Jasmine and Ziva thoroughly deserve the recognition they achieved amongst their peers at our recent fieldcraft camp and are role models for all our Cadets in the County. I'm thrilled to hear how much they loved their prize and how much they enjoyed the concert in front of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen."
As history was made within the majestic grounds of Windsor Castle, those in attendance experienced a once-in-a-lifetime event. A blend of history, heritage and unparalleled performances, King Charles III's Coronation Concert will remain etched in the memories of all who had the honour to be present.