A Star-Studded Royal Variety show

Take That performing for the Prince of Wales, image courtesy of www.brandrepublic.com
Take That performing for the Prince of Wales, image courtesy of http://www.brandrepublic.com

By Dionne Abolghassem

A host of celebrities and performers alike came together for the 80th anniversary of The Royal Variety Performance, held in the iconic London Palladium last night.

Headlining for this year’s show were pop heart-throbs Take That, who have enjoyed a comeback success with their new album and gave a terrific performance.

The Pussycat Dolls also took to the stage  to perform a medley of their raunchiest hits, proving a hit with The Prince of Wales in particular and an audience that included Their Royal Highnesses and The Duchess of Cornwall.

Welsh soul songstress, Duffy, along with Rhianna and Leona Lewis, were the top stars of the night.

Comedians of the night included the nation’s much-loved Peter Kay, as his winning alter-ego Geraldine McQueen, and Jimmy Carr.

Legendary Queen guitarist, Brian May, also put in an appearance with a stunning live performance.

Disney’s The Lion King performed a dazzling theatrical show, along with Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo, the ballet troupe with a difference, who completed the show’s line-up.

The event continues to draw in huge audiences, with 7.5 million viewers tuning in to last night’s show, according to unofficial overnight figures.