Lance Corporal Richard Jones of the Household Cavalry is the winner of the tenth series of Britain’s Got Talent 2016.
Magician Richard Jones was announced as the winner on Saturday 28th May 2016, beating singer Wayne Woodward and Star Wars dance act Boogie Storm to first place.
The show pulled a peak-time audience of 10.5m and a 48% share of TV viewers at around 9.55pm, compared to the average 8.5m and 42.4% share during the two-and-a-half hour broadcast.
The illusionist and army bandsman of The Household Cavalry was the bookies’ favourite to take the first spot.
Jones was born in London and grew up in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex.He joined the British Army in 2010 and studied for one year in Twickenham at the Royal Military School of Music.
He spent three years with the band of the Parachute Regiment before being posted to the band of the Household Cavalry in 2014 as a mounted dutyman.
On 11 June 2016 Lance Corporal Jones performed as a bandsman in the Trooping the Colour, as part of the 90th birthday celebrations of Elizabeth II. He performed as a magician at the Royal Variety Performance at the Hammersmith Apollo in early December 2016, in the presence of senior members of the British Royal Family.