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Queen attends star-studded Royal Variety Performance in London

The Queen was in good spirits as she arrived at the Royal Albert Hall. Picture: Andrew Winning/Reuters/PA Wire The Queen was in good spirits as she arrived at the Royal Albert Hall. Picture: Andrew Winning/Reuters/PA Wire

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
7:05 AM

A host of entertainers performed at the Royal Albert Hall last night on the 100th anniversary of the Royal Variety Performance.

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The Queen walks past Girls Aloud as she arrives to greet the performers. Picture: Andrew Winning/Reuters/PA WireThe Queen walks past Girls Aloud as she arrives to greet the performers. Picture: Andrew Winning/Reuters/PA Wire

The show, attended by the Queen, was presented by actor and comedian David Walliams

Katherine Jenkins kicked off proceedings by singing the National Anthem as the royals took their seats.

Host Walliams entered the hall to the James Bond theme while strapped to a jet pack to congratulate the Queen on her Diamond Jubilee, and introduce the next act.

Newly-reformed Girls Aloud took to the stage in matching sequinned black and gold fishtail dresses singing their hit single The Promise.

David Walliams hosted the star-studded event. Picture: Andrew Winning/Reuters/PA WireDavid Walliams hosted the star-studded event. Picture: Andrew Winning/Reuters/PA Wire

Cheryl Cole famously performed with Gary Barlow during this summer’s Diamond Jubilee concert.

Legendary comedian Jimmy Tarbuck introduced a series of comedy clips of himself, Peter Kay and the cast of Only Fools and Horses entertaining in past Variety Performances.

He also led a tribute to the late Eric Sykes.

Britain’s Got Talent Judge Amanda Holden introduced past winners of the talent show in a museum-themed performance featuring dance troupe Diversity, comedy dancing duo Stavros Flatley and opera singer Paul Potts.

Young cast members from the musical Matilda also provided entertainment. Picture: Andrew Winning/Reuters/PA WireYoung cast members from the musical Matilda also provided entertainment. Picture: Andrew Winning/Reuters/PA Wire

Boy band One Direction sung a rendition of number one single Little Things, prompting Walliams to dress up as an obsessed female fan.

American R&B star Alicia Keys played piano and sang Brand New Me.

Jenkins was then joined by classical superstar Placido Domingo to perform Come What May from musical Les Miserables. The Welsh mezzo-soprano wore a strapless purple floor-length gown.

Walliams introduced “national treasure” and personal hero Sir Bruce Forsyth, who joked that at 100 years old, the Royal Variety Performance was only 16 years older than him.

Ashleigh and Pudsey have had quite a year since winning Britain's Got Talent. Picture: Andrew Winning/Reuters/PA WireAshleigh and Pudsey have had quite a year since winning Britain's Got Talent. Picture: Andrew Winning/Reuters/PA Wire

Robbie Williams belted out new single Different and an orchestra-accompanied rendition of swing classic Mr Bojangles.

The Queen and Duke will be celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

Tickets for the star-studded spectacular sold out in a matter of minutes. It is due to be broadcast on ITV1 on December 3.

In 2010 the Royal Variety Performance was watched by more than 150 million television viewers worldwide and broadcast in over 65 countries.

All proceeds will be donated to The Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund (EABF), which cares for hundreds of entertainers throughout the UK who need help and assistance as the result of old age, ill health or hard times.

This will help to run Brinsworth House in Twickenham, the entertainers’ retirement and nursing home run by the EABF, of which the Queen is patron.

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