British Queen’s 'secret trip' to London theatre

British Queen’s `secret trip` to London theatre London: The British Queen stunned a London theatre audience as she slipped in to see a performance unannounced along with her husband Prince Philip, a news report said today.

The British monarch, minus an entourage, "apologetically" squeezed into her seat, followed by Prince Philip, for War Horse at the New London Theatre as the lights dimmed for curtain-up.

The Queen and her husband often make incognito trips to the West End but are rarely spotted.

"The Queen has regularly undertaken similar private visits throughout her reign without any fuss. It allows her to live a bit more of a normal life. Most of her staff are not told in advance if she is planning an evening out. She is keen on the theatre," one aide was quoted as saying by the Evening Standard newspaper today. The Queen did not want to the award-winning First World War drama, he said.

The Queen wore a simple dark green dress and any bodyguards she had were "so discreet as to be invisible", according to theatre-goers on Monday night.

"The Queen and the Duke sat down as the lights dimmed and it was a huge shock when people realised who they were," the British tabloid quoted a journalist from The Lady magazine, who attended the performance, as saying.

Bureau Report