Katherine Jenkins’ lost luggage was returned “20 minutes” before she took the stage to perform for Pope Francis at a concert in Rome in a “Christmas miracle” on Saturday.
The Welsh classical singer has warned she may have to withdraw from performing at the Pope’s annual Christmas concert after accusing British Airways of misplacing her luggage.
However, the 42-year-old said she recovered her lost belongings, including her dress for the show, just before she took the stage on Saturday.
Her Instagram story reads: “Update: With just 20 minutes left before I hit the stage to perform, the bags have arrived. Almost 2 days late.”
She was forced to wear “sneakers” while a nearby orchestra member wore “tuxedo tails” during Friday’s “filmed costume rehearsal” in front of an audience, she said. Instagram.
But on Saturday, she wrote on Instagram: “The Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi – What a beautiful place: in town, in basilica, in people and in music.
“Thank you for having me and Merry Christmas! (The concert was broadcast on TV on Christmas Day after the Pope’s address.)
“I live by the motto ‘the show must go on’ and in order not to disappoint anyone I would wear a bathrobe if necessary but fortunately the dresses arrived 20 minutes before the show.
“A Christmas miracle that one of the brothers said!”
Jenkins shared his despair over the lost luggage on Twitter on Thursday, writing: “OMG! @British_Airways lost my luggage again!
“Tomorrow I have to sing for the Pope’s Christmas concert in Rome.
“I feel very disappointed that I will not be able to perform. Please settle this.”
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In response to the post, the official British Airways Twitter account responded with a tweet asking Jenkins to send a direct message and contact details so the company could attempt to retrieve her lost luggage.
Jenkins is no stranger to performing for famous individuals who have previously performed for popes as well as at a number of royal events in the United Kingdom, including the celebration of the 90th birthday of the pope. The Queen at Windsor Castle in 2016 and was part of the Queen’s Platinum Anniversary celebrations over the weekend.
In September, it was announced that she had become the first artist to record the new national anthem God Save The King following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
A British Airways spokesperson said: “We are doing everything we can to return our customers with delayed baggage as soon as possible.
“We apologize for the inconvenience caused.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/katherine-jenkins-reunited-with-lost-luggage-before-singing-at-popes-concert-42227136.html Katherine Jenkins reunited with lost luggage before singing in Pope’s concert