The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will Attend the Royal Variety Performance

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will Attend the Royal Variety Performance
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The London Palladium

Monday 19th November, 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend the Royal Variety Performance at The London Palladium on Monday 19th November. His Royal Highness attended his first Royal Variety Performance in 2015 when it was held at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Royal Variety Performance takes place every year and is held in aid of the Royal Variety Charity (RVC), of which The Queen is Patron. The money raised from the show helps hundreds of entertainers throughout the UK, who are in need of help and assistance as a result of old age, ill-health, or hard times. In particular, the charity assists former members of the entertainment industry living in Brinsworth House, a residential home in Twickenham, which is owned and run by the charity. Upon arrival The Duchess will receive a posy that includes foliage from Brinsworth House garden.

The evening will be hosted by Greg Davies and will include performances from Take That, the cast of Hamilton, George Ezra, Clean Bandit, the cast of ‘Tina, The Tina Turner Musical’, and Andrea and Matteo Bocelli.

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

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, ‘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’.

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