Nervous RoyalsDate: Saturday, 03 June, 2006
In March the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were on hand to witness a dramatic exhibition of Sikh Swordsmanship. The flashing scimitar of a blindfolded ‘gatka‘ swordsman swung through the air slicing water melons, apples and bananas balanced on the hands and stomachs of nervous and bemused participants.
The Duchess of Cornwall visibly grimaced, nervously shuffled in her seat and averted her gaze. The rest is journalistic history!
From the front pages of almost every daily newspaper to the celebrity packed "Hello" magazine dramatic images circulated all over the globe. Within a few hours researchers from the ‘Richard & Judy’ show were frantically contacting our offices to arrange a live performance!
This event at the Hounslow Gurudwara on March 13th was hosted by the Maharaja Duleep Singh Centenary Trust as part of the Prince of Wales‘s engagements to mark Commonwealth Day. During their visit the Royal couple met children from Stockcross School in Wiltshire who had been learning about Sikh heritage as part of their studies.