Tuesday 23 January 2018

Lise Hand: No need to dance when a megawatt smile lights up the room

When the queen made her exit, events took an unexpected turn as the audience rose in ovation, writes Lise Hand

Lise Hand

Lise Hand

She took the roof off the place. Cheers, a standing ovation, the lot. She didn't sing, she didn't dance, all she did was stand and smile.

It was right at the end of an hour-long concert in Dublin's Convention Centre when Queen Elizabeth took to the stage to meet the line of artists who had entertained her, ahem, royally, with a smooth smorgasbord of Irish talent, from Mary Byrne, who sang U2's 'All I Want is You', Westlife and the Dublin Gospel Choir singing 'You Raise Me Up', The Chieftains and, of course and inevitably, the spine-tingling finale of Riverdance, as she's the last person possibly on Earth who hasn't seen the show by now.

However, the highlight was broadcaster Olivia O'Leary's gracious, funny and prescient essay on the queen's visit here.

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