The Queen was left in tears of laughter by a bassoonist dressed as Batman and asked to perform again and again, according to a former Royal Yacht Britannia pianist.
Lieutenant-Colonel Jason Burcham, the Royal Marines’ senior director of music, was part of a 24-person band that entertained members of the royal family and their guests on the royal yacht in the mid-1990s.
“We were always invariably in different rooms slightly out of sight, so they couldn’t see us, but the music was drifting. . . and created a kind of mood,” he said. “But there were also those occasions at the end of a meal [where] we provided an extra and it could be anything in the directory. So