After a delay due to an incident in Oxford Street, Prince William and Kate Middleton attended the Royal Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre in London last night, November 24.
William and Kate arrived and were greeted out front before moving inside where Kate received flowers. The couple then watched the show, which was hosted by actress and comedian Miranda Hart, where William apparently got involved with Hart’s skit. The Royal Variety Performance will air on ITV in December.
The Cambridges’ arrival was delayed almost an hour due to gunshots being reported at about 4:38pm local time. Police say they initially responded “as if the incident is terrorist-related” but have since said they had not yet found any suspects or any evidence of shots being fired at the station in Oxford Street. Due to the delay, the traditional meet-and-greet with the performers on stage was dropped.
The Royal Variety Performance dates back to 1912, when King George V and Queen Mary agreed to attend a ‘Royal Command Performance’ at the Palace Theatre in London’s Cambridge Circus in aid of the Variety Artistes’ Benevolent Fund (the previous name of the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund) and its proposed plans to build an extension to its Home for elderly entertainers, Brinsworth House. The second show was in 1919 at London’s Coliseum, and was the first to be billed a “Royal Variety Performance”. The Royal Variety became an annual event in 1921 when George V became Patron of the Variety Artistes’ Benevolent Fund. He decreed, after the show, that ‘the Monarch, or a representative of the Monarch, would attend an annual performance in aid of Brinsworth House and the Variety Artistes’ Benevolent Fund, once a year thereafter’.
The Royal Variety Performance is given in aid of the Royal Variety Charity, of which the Queen is Patron. The Royal Variety Charity assists those who’ve worked professionally in the entertainment industry and are in need of help. The Royal Variety Charity also owns and manages its own residential and nursing care home for elderly entertainers, Brinsworth House in Twickenham, and also offers a nationwide grant scheme to assist those living in their own homes wherever they reside in the UK.
Kate wore a new, glittery blue Jenny Packham gown which reminds me an awful lot of the glittery blue Jenny Packham gown Kate wore in Paris back in March. I much prefer last night’s gown to March’s gown.
Kate wore the same earrings to the RVP that she wore in Paris: The Queen’s Diamond Chandelier Earrings.
Kate’s shoes and clutch were the same as in Paris as well: her Oscar de la Renta Platinum Lamé Cabrina pumps (which I still love – Christmas splurge gift to myself?), and her Jenny Packham Casa clutch.
Overall, I do think Kate looks pretty here – although I wish her hair had been up do show off the diamonds.