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Thursday, 23 May, 2002, 10:17 GMT 11:17 UK
In Pictures: Queen's academy party
A host of celebrities joined the Queen at the Royal Academy of Arts to honour 50 years of the arts.

Luminaries from film, television, theatre, art, music and dance assembled for the gala event in London's Piccadilly.

Here are scenes from the celebration.

The Queen meets bursary winner and dancer Caitlin Hughes
The Queen was handing out bursaries to aspiring artists

Dame Vera Lynn, Baroness Thatcher and Dame Shirley Bassey
Former prime minister Baroness Thatcher was a vision in fuschia

Ballerina Darcey Bussell curtsies in front of the Queen
More established performers were in abundance, including ballerina Darcey Bussell

Charles Dance, Geraldine James  and Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry
The film and theatre talent on show included Charles Dance, Geraldine James and Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry

Dame Cleo Laine, Barry Humphries and Dame Vera Lynn
The man responsible for Dame Edna Everage met 12 real life dames

Viscount Linley and Jasper Conran
Furniture designer Viscount Linley and fashion designer Jasper Conran found they had something in common

Lord Attenborough and Sir David Attenborough
The Attenboroughs represented film and broadcasting respectively





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