A Christmas Invitation to Buckingham Palace for Winchester Award-Winner
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The 'achievers' at the reception were invited from all parts of the UK and represented a wide range of sectors including sport, voluntary work, armed forces, health and the arts. Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh entered the reception via the Music Room and mingled with over 500 guests, along with the Dukes of York, Kent and Gloucester. Special guests included 'Woman of the Year' Camilla Batmanghelidji, the founder of 'Kids Company'; Joe Calzaghe, World Super Middleweight boxing champion; the British three day Eventing team - including the Queen's grand-daughter Zara Phillips; Gareth Davies the lead consultant for the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services; artist Antony Gormley, and writer Emily Gravett.
Bollinger champagne and exquisite canapés were served throughout the evening and members of the household were also on hand to talk to guests and introduce them to the royals. Adding to the festive atmosphere were the Blackbird Leys Estate Choir, the residents of an Oxford estate who transformed themselves into a classical choir (featured on television's The Singing Estate), who sang carols and an extract of Handel's Halleluiah chorus. In the Music Room and Grand Entrance there were also Christmas trees with decorations handmade by students from Chelsea College of Art and Design. The milliner Philip Treacy had designed a special star to go on top of the tree in the Music Room.
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