Duke and Duchess to Attend Royal Variety Performance

The Duke's Speech at The Queen's Birthday Garden Party in Poland
The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge at the Queen's Birthday Garden Party at the Orangery, Lazienki Park, Warsaw, Poland


Palladium Theatre, London

Friday 24th November, 2017

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the Royal Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre, London on Friday 24th November.

The Royal Variety Performance takes place every year, either in London or in a theatre around the United Kingdom. The event is in aid of the Royal Variety Charity, formally, The Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund, of which The Queen is Patron. The money raised from the show helps hundreds of entertainers throughout the UK, who need help and assistance as a result of old age, ill-health, or hard times.

The evening will be hosted by Miranda Hart and will include performances from The Killers, Paloma Faith, Louis Tomlinson and The Script.

The origins of the Royal Variety Performance date back to 1912 when King George V and Queen Mary agreed to attend a ‘Royal Command Performance’ at the Palace Theatre in London, in aid of the Variety Artistes’ Benevolent Fund. In July 1919, the second Royal show was performed and was the first to be billed a “Royal Variety Performance”. Held at London’s Coliseum, the show was staged as a ‘celebration of peace’ and, as the official announcement expressed it, “had been commanded by The King to show his appreciation of the generous manner in which artistes of the variety stage had helped the numerous funds connected with the War”.

On the night, Their Royal Highnesses will meet a number of performers as well as Royal Variety Charity and ITV executives, both before and after the show.

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