The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have enjoyed a rare night out on the town together.
The couple, 16 years married, slipped out tonight to enjoy a performance by The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House to celebrate the return of arts and entertainment after lockdown.
Prince Charles, 72, and Camilla, 73, watched Balanchine and Robbins, who celebrate the two legendary American choreographers, at the London venue.
The Prince of Wales (pictured left) and the Duchess of Cornwall (pictured right) enjoyed an evening at the Royal Opera House
Prince Charles, 72, and Camilla, 73, dressed in all their finery, attended a performance by The Royal Ballet at the London venue (pictured)
Camilla looked effortlessly elegant for her outing with her husband in a floral silk blue Fiona Clare dress embellished with white flowers.
She paired her sophisticated look with a brown handbag and matching high heels, while wearing a blue face mask.
The Duchess of Cornwall, who wore her blond hair cut from her face, kept her makeup minimal and opted for a fine coat of mascara.
She completed her ensemble with several gold bracelets, a pair of dazzling earrings and her favorite gold heart necklace.
Charles, patron of the Royal Opera since 1975, looked equally charming in a smart suit with a light blue tie.
Camilla (pictured) looked effortlessly elegant for her outing with her husband in a floral silk, blue dress, embellished with white flowers.
The royal (pictured) paired her sophisticated look with a brown handbag and matching high heels, while wearing a blue face mask
Theaters have been closed since the initial lockdown, although some opened briefly with reduced capacity. From May 17, indoor events were allowed again with remote performances.
Prince Charles is a lifelong fan of the opera and ballet, and a regular at Covent Garden with the Duchess of Cornwall.
On arrival, they were greeted by Alex Beard, chief executive of the Royal Opera House, Sir Simon Robey, interim chairman, and Kevin O’Hare, director of The Royal Ballet.
The Prince and Duchess were allowed to enjoy the performance in private, but then attended a reception to meet the performers and staff of the Royal Opera House.
Ballerina Mayara Magri said afterwards: ‘I can’t tell you how happy we are to have them here.
The Duchess of Cornwall (picture arrives with her husband), who wore her blonde hair away from her face, kept her makeup minimal and opted for a fine coat of mascara
“The Prince said how great it was to see a live performance again, and I told him it was the same for us to be here, performing. It’s just amazing and so exciting. It was so nice to have them here.’
Miss Magri explained how the ballet company has had to rehearse for hours on end wearing masks, but are allowed to perform without masks.
“It felt like freedom!” she exclaimed. “They seemed so happy to be here and certainly picked the right performance to watch.
“We all really hope we don’t step back. I don’t even dare to think about that. We have to think positively.’
The Royal Opera House had to close just before Christmas and is still running at only 40 percent capacity due to social distancing.
Charles (pictured right), patron of the Royal Opera since 1975, looked equally charming in a smart suit with a light blue tie
Both Charles and Camilla have had a packed schedule today, with the Prince of Wales launching a charity bike ride in Highgrove and attending a meeting with business leaders ahead of the G7 summit.
Meanwhile, Camilla attended the opening of an exhibition at the Garden Museum on London’s South Bank today.
Camilla, 73, toured the annual British Flowers Week festival, in partnership with New Covent Garden Flower Market.
The royal, elegantly dressed in a bright blue summer dress with an exotic bird print, spoke of her love for flowers and ‘passion’ for arranging them.
She also paid tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh on what would have been his 100th birthday after receiving a bouquet filled with rosemary ‘in memory’.
When she received the flowers, she told about Prince Philip and her late father, Major Bruce Shand, who died on June 11, 2006 at the age of 89.
The Duchess said, “I am delighted to be here today. It would be the Duke of Edinburgh’s birthday and tomorrow would be the day of my father’s death, and I am very honored to be here today doing something I know they would have appreciated.’