His Royal Highness, The Duke of York, K.G., is Patron of English National Ballet and the Company is always delighted when he attends various fundraising functions and key performances throughout the year.
His Royal Highness takes a real interest in all aspects of English National Ballet and devotes a great deal of time to supporting the Company in many different ways. In particular, his frequent visits to rehearsals are a real high point in the Company's calendar. These are tremendous opportunities for the artists, technicians and staff to talk to His Royal Highness about what goes on behind-the-scenes in the lead-up to performances.
His Royal Highness is well known to have a long association with, and keen interest in, dance. He is Patron of The Place, which is home to London Contemporary Dance School, and supports a number of other contemporary dance companies.
The role of Patron has previously been held by Her Royal Highness, Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (1976-1989), and by Diana, Princess of Wales (1989-1997).
"I was quite taken aback by His Royal Highness's grasp of the formidable logistics of costuming a major ballet like Romeo & Juliet. His insightful and intelligent questioning clearly demonstrate a genuine interest in the all aspects of the work that we do at English National Ballet."
English National Ballet 's Head of Costume, Wizzy Shawyer