BGT winner and Chelsea Pensioner Colin Thackery says singing for Queen is “icing on the cake”

Britain’s Got Talent winner and Chelsea Pensioner Colin Thackery told Good Morning Britain that singing for the Queen during Remembrance weekend is the “icing on the cake”.

“I’m probably more apprehensive than I was before, actually," he said of singing in front of the Queen at the Royal Albert Hall for the Chelsea Pensioner's Choir.

"I’m not sure why that is, simply the Royal family - it’s the peak, the icing on the cake!”

The Chelsea Pensioners - Bill Thackery, Monica Parrot and Bill Fitzgerald
The Chelsea Pensioners - Bill Thackery, Monica Parrot and Bill Fitzgerald Credit: Rex

Alongside Colin, Chelsea Pensioner Monica Parrot spoke of being one of the few women at the Royal Hospital. “It’s absolutely fine, there’s no problem at all. We keep each other in line actually. There are a tiny minority who find it very difficult to accept us, but that is changing slowly.

"But we’re not going anywhere so they’re going to have to get used to it!”

She added, “It’s just a marvellous community. It’s not just about us, it’s the people who work for us and with us and we’re just one, it’s just a whole community of people who care about each other and look after each other.”

Speaking ahead of Remembrance Sunday, Sergeant Major Thackery said the weekend is about remembering the people who did and didn't survive their service. “The whole weekend is devoted to people who served and some people who never made it, that’s the sort of people I remember.”

Bill Fitzgerald, who survived the D Day landings, added: “This time of the year we remember our friends.”

Good Morning Britain's Digital Reporter Joel Duncan.