A TEENAGER from Sunderland was today singing for the Queen.
Stephanie Peacock was hoping to put on the performance of a lifetime when she sang Thank You for The Music for Her Majesty, during her tour of the region.
The Queen was visiting the Sunderland Diamond Jubilee Exhibition at Corporation Quay this morning.
Later, hundreds of schoolchildren joined crowds in Keir Hardie Way, at a special vantage point set up to see the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.
The whistle-stop North East tour included a visit to Durham City and Gateshead Stadium, where Stephanie Peacock was ready for her big moment.
The 18-year-old, who has been singing since she was six, has been preparing for the performance for two months after being surprised with the news.
“I can’t believe I’m singing for the Queen,” said the former St Robert of Newminster School pupil, speaking before today’s show.
“Now I’m really nervous, but I’m sure the excitement will start soon.
“It’s amazing to be able to say you’ve sung for the Queen.”
Stephanie’s angelic voice was singled out after a solo piece at the end of the annual City Sings competition.
“Some of the judges from the competition put me forward to sing for the Queen and I was picked,” said Stephanie, of Penshaw.
“I was in my English class in school when I was told by my music teacher, and I couldn’t stop screaming ‘I’m going to be singing for the Queen’.
“When I told my mum, she was really excited and proud.
“I rang to tell her when she was at work and all of her friends couldn’t believe it.
“I’ve been practising. But I already know the song really well, so it’s just a case of going over it.”
Despite her musical talents and having just completed a diploma in musical theatre, Stephanie is planning on studying theology at Durham University in September.
“I would love to go and do musical theatre or classical music,” she said. “But it’s such a big chance and is really competitive.
“It’s a big thing to take a chance on, so I decided to study theology and once I’ve got my degree try the singing afterwards.”
Stephanie, whose favourite musical is Phantom of the Opera, would love to eventually follow her dream of entering into musical theatre.
FOOTBALL fans will have the chance to step back in time and relive Sunderland’s 1973 FA Cup win as part of a special exhibition.
The Sunderland Diamond Jubilee Exhibition, held at the Port of Sunderland from tomorrow until Sunday, will give the public the chance to look back over key moments in the city and UK’s history during the Queen’s 60-year reign.
The exhibition, visited by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh this morning, will see Sunderland residents explore big moments in sporting history – including a display to celebrate this year’s Olympic Games.
The event will also feature displays marking the Silver Jubilee, the regeneration of the city, Diamond Jubilee celebrations and articles and memorabilia donated by Wearsiders, which capture their memories of the 60 years since the Queen’s accession in 1952.
Members of the public are able to secure their free space onto one of a number of time slots to see the exhibition.
Anyone wanting to book a ticket can phone 520 5518 or send their name and telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.