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Matthew Bourne honoured for services to ballet

Matthew Bourne. Photo: Elliott Franks
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Choreographer Matthew Bourne has been honoured for his services to ballet by the Royal Academy of Dance.

Bourne was presented the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation award by the Queen at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 24.

The award was set up in 1953 to commemorate the coronation of the Queen and was first awarded in 1954, to Ninette De Valois.

Bourne was also presented with a print of a pair of red ballet shoes, ahead of his new work, The Red Shoes.