The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge donned some serious finery for the Royal Variety Performance at London’s Palladium Theater. The gala evening is always attended by a senior member of the Royal Family – this year, William and Catherine were honored to attend.
The Royal Variety Performance is an annual concert event in aid of the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund (the EABF), often referred to as the Royal Variety Charity. The first show was held in 1912 for King George V and Queen Mary.
London’s Palladium Theater was the setting for tonight’s black tie event. The West End theater usually hosts some of London’s finest Broadway-style plays (or West End-style plays for the Brits). They currently feature the musical Cats. The venue, which was originally built in 1910, currently has over 2,200 seats
The Royal Variety Performance features the world’s most memorable and popular artists every year. Tonight’s performances included the legendary Bette Midler, Demi Lovato, Ed Sheeran, and other iconic acts. Ellie Goulding – who sang William and Kate’s first dance at their wedding and performed at the after party – also took the stage tonight.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived shortly before 7PM. They were greeted by legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Weber and his wife outside the theater. Harry Styles (of One Direction fame – not that we need to tell you that) eagerly awaited to greet them inside the theater’s lobby.
Styles, his bandmates, and other performers greeted the Duke and Duchess upon arrival. Harry was quoted as saying he congratulated Kate on her bump, even though “she wasn’t very bumpy.”
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Kate accessorized with her gorgeous Kiki McDonough aquamarine hoop earrings. The gorgeous earrings – originally bespoke – a similar style now retails for £4,900. She carried a sparkly beaded clutch, which remains a UFO (unidentified fashion object) and wore black suede platform pumps by Jimmy Choo – the Cosmic style she has worn before.
Twitter was abuzz by Kate’s GORGEOUS updo. Many royal watchers pray for Kate to wear her hair up, and tonight she did not disappoint.
Updates to come as the night progresses!