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10th December 2017

Ruby's Wish

Princess Ruby was invited to dance in Clara’s magical dream at the Nutcracker Ballet.

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Warmly welcomed to the 5 star Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, the family were guests of honour for the evening, Ruby even had her very own Nutcracker soldier guarding her room.

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On the day of the ballet, Ruby’s Wish was to see a Prince… newly promoted and wonderful Principle dancer from the Scottish Ballet Andrew Peasgood who plays The Nutcracker Prince arrived to surprise Ruby and gift her Wish pack which included her Ballet tickets and lots of ballet treats and a magical message.

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“The only way to travel to the Ballet is with the Prince himself! Mummy, Daddy & Ruby “shall go to the Ballet” in Ruby’s stunning Horse Drawn Carriage from McIndoe Horse Drawn Carriages for a memorable trip along the world famous Princes Street arriving at the Festival and King's Theatres, Edinburgh”

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Welcoming them to the Nutcracker were the beautiful Snowflake dancers who along with the Prince led Ruby into the auditorium for a wonderful and very personal magical moment that captured the true essence of a child’s Wish to visit the Ballet, it was beautiful.

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Lights down, soft ballet music notes playing, Ruby was led through the stalls then onto the stage.

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Ruby, the Prince, a little bit of snow falling, magic and then the set opened where she was met by a number of the dancers in costume! Incredibly moving, Ruby was in her element! Chatting away she was lead up to the Christmas tree where the stunningly beautiful Principle Dancer the Sugar Plum Fairy herself Bethany Kingsley-Garner who came out to say hello and gifted Ruby a pair of signed pointe shoes, incredible!! Taking their seats in their Private dress circle box Ruby and her family enjoyed the Nutcracker.

Thank you so much to everyone involved in bringing Ruby’s very special wish to fruition. Special thanks goes to Kim McKenna and the staff at the Festival and King's Theatres, Edinburgh, Nicola Cutler, Amy Dolan & the technical team at the amazing Scottish Ballet for arranging such a magical time prior to the matinee show and for gifting Ruby some Scottish Ballet gifts, The Nutcracker Prince himself Andrew Peasgood who was incredible and so lovely, the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy; Bethany Kingsley-Garner and the dancers, the stunning McIndoe Horse Drawn Carriages for keeping Ruby safe on her way the ballet, General Manager Dale MacPhee and her team at the wonderful Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian the amazing Concierge team, Wish bag goodies …. Dancewear of Edinburgh & Tutu-lah-Belle who all played their part! A special mention to the team at Tulle Box Creations who made Ruby's stunning dress for her magical Wish! It was amazing and sparkly, perfect for Princess Ruby

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We were thrilled to be able to grant Ruby her Wish and it is only with the help of our supporters in Scotland that we are in a position to do so. Ruby’s Wish created some of the most magical moments ever and precious magical memories were made thank you so so much.

If you are interested in fundraising for a Wish in 2018 like Ruby’s please contact the Scotland office we would love to hear from you.

Call - 0131 273 4344

Emil - Scotland@whenyouwish.org.uk

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