The royal couple was treated to a big dose of Nova Scotian culture during a shindig at the Cunard Centre last night.

Premier Darrell Dexter and MP Peter MacKay escorted Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip as they mingled with the crowd of invitees.

The crowd of 1,500 people included former lieutenant-governors, outstanding Nova Scotians who serve their communities, military personnel, members of the Order of Nova Scotia and other award winners.

Mi’kmaq, Acadian, Celtic and African Nova Scotian singers and dancers with DRUM! performed separately and then together for a grand finale.

“It was such an honour for me to do this and live this,” said Acadian performer Christian Kit Goguenm who hails from Moncton.

“DRUM! covers every culture that is present in Nova Scotia and is a good way for her majesty to discover all the cultures.”

Dexter presented the Queen with a crystal pedestal and said the royal visit will always be treasured by Nova Scotians.