Student’s big day at Buckingham Palace

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A TALENTED student from Hartlepool mingled with The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh when she was invited to a Royal reception at Buckingham Palace.

Stephanie Lowe was chosen to represent her college at the glittering event held to celebrate young talent in British Performing Arts.

As well as The Queen and Prince Philip, she also rubbed shoulders with some of the top names in showbusiness including Dame Helen Mirren, comedian Michael McIntyre, and pop singer Ellie Goulding.

Stephanie, from the Park area of town, was one of two musical theatre students nominated to represent her college and the performing arts industry.

The 20-year-old is studying musical theatre at Blackpool and The Fylde College, where she is in her third and final year.

She said: “I am truly honoured to have attended Buckingham Palace’s reception, celebrating excellence in performing arts.

“I would like to express a huge thanks to the Principal and staff of the School of Art, Media and Performance for their support and encouragement, and the delivery of a brilliant and ever-evolving programme.

“With this year marking the graduation of the first intake of BA Musical Theatre students, I am one of 12 students ready to set a presiding level of success for Blackpool and The Fylde College, and what better way to “royally” mark the occasion than with such an accolade.”

Stephanie was greeted by Her Majesty and Prince Philip in the White Drawing Room, before moving to the Ballroom for a performance inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

The Artistic Director of the Royal National Ballet, Wayne Ealing, and dance group Flawless were also there.

Maggie Woodings, the college’s head of school for art, media and performance, said: “It’s a huge honour for the college to be represented at the palace.

“It was difficult to select a student to put forward from this outstanding group of learners, but I’m incredibly proud of Steph and pleased that she had the opportunity to meet such renowned and inspirational figures from performing arts.”