The time 13-year-old Julie Andrews sang the national anthem for the King and Queen
14 July 2023, 15:17
In Julie Andrews’ days as a child star, she sang a wonderfully elegant rendition of the national anthem – as King George VI and Queen Elizabeth watched on...
Her grace and unique musicality are unmatched to this day. But did you know just how long Dame Julie Andrews has been performing under the spotlight?
Standing on the great stage of the London Palladium, for the Royal Command Performance in 1948, the young soprano began to sing.
Her performance, which took place before King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, made her the youngest solo performer ever to participate in a Royal Variety Performance.
Julie Andrews (Aged 13) Sings for King George VI (1948) | British Pathé
And with a crash of cymbals following a crescendo from the musicians at the back, her on-stage companions join in for a triumphant rendition of the nation’s song.
That evening, Andrews had performed alongside American actor and singer Danny Kaye, dancing duo the Nicholas Brothers and comedians George and Bert Bernard.
Decades on, the American Film Institute (AFI) is honouring Julie with a Life Achievement Award gala in 2021.
The event was originally scheduled to take place in April 2020, but had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
President and CEO of AFI, Bob Gazzale, said: “Julie Andrews has lifted the spirits of the world for generations.
“Now, more than ever, AFI looks forward to gathering the globe to celebrate the many gifts and joy she has given us – proving her, of course, ‘practically perfect in every way’.”