Equity President invites the Queen to apply for membership
14 August 2012
Equity’s President Malcolm Sinclair has written to the Queen inviting her to apply for Equity membership following her outstanding performance seen during the opening ceremony of the Olympics.
His letter states: “Type casting it may have been, but Her Majesty’s completely natural performance has given enormous pleasure worldwide.”
The letter lists the many benefits the Queen would be entitled to if she became a member of the union.
“Her Majesty’s professional name would ensure that all royalties (no pun intended), owed for future work would be paid through the Union or through our sister organisation BECS (our collecting society for worldwide payments).
“Accident and backstage insurance; though we were delighted to see that Her Majesty insisted on a stunt double for the parachuting into the Olympic Park. Very wise indeed. Gary Connery, her double, is on Equity’s stunt register. Careers advice. We now operate a pension scheme to which all our major employers have signed up. It’s never too late to start. Digs lists, invaluable if Her Majesty were to embark on tour. Discounts for cinema/theatre tickets, including Royal Boxes I am assured. An award winning magazine and website. The protection offered by our contracts in theatre, television and motion pictures. “
Malcolm recently received a reply from the Palace which thanked him for his letter and said: “Her Majesty was most grateful to you for taking the time and trouble to write.”
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