September 15, 2007
So, over in Moscow, they've been having the Kremlin Zoria. Think of it as a version of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
The festival, known as Kremlin Zoria, has already drawn favourable comparisons with the Edinburgh tattoo since its first performance on Thursday.
Cossack dancers and Russian mounted guardsmen delighted a 7,000-strong audience in front of the famous domes of St Basil's cathedral before the Commonwealth pipes and drums emerged from the Kremlin's Spassky Gate in a shroud of dry ice.
The event culminated in a spectacular finale, with over 1,000 soldiers, accompanied by a choir, massed on the cobbles of the square to perform excerpts from Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture, Beethoven's Ode to Joy and the Coldstream Guards' famous arrangement of Amazing Grace.
The final salute, accompanied by a blaze of fireworks, was taken by Prince Michael of Kent.
Prince Michael is an interesting choice. He does speak Russian, has been involved in a number of ventures over there in recent years. But peraps this is the real reason:
Prince Michael of Kent.
They are, after all, related (a great nephew, second cousin, something like that). Actually, I've read a novel where the solution to Russia's problems of the 90s was to put him on the Throne.
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Tim adds: That's it.
Posted by: Chris White | Sep 15, 2007 10:58:02 AM
And some people say that Prince Michael isn't value for money, when with him you get two royals for the price of one!
Posted by: chris | Sep 15, 2007 12:04:26 PM