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RoyalProtocol 09-20-2011 09:46 AM

Royal Variety Performance - All Years
 
Later in the Year I am attending the Royal Variety Performance with my sister (her 18th Birthday present). :smile:

I was wondering if anyone else has been to it in years past and if so can you tell me what happens e.g. your arrival- do they take coats etc.?, can you see The Queen?, what happen's during the interval?, does everyone rush away at then end or wait around and mingle? How did you rate the actual performance?

Finally I know it's black tie so for me thats pretty simple lol but how dressed are the ladies: just sub white tie splendour or office cocktail party?

Look forward to hearing some of your experiences,

thanks!!:flowers:

Diarist 09-20-2011 11:48 AM

The Royal Variety Performance has declined in importance over the years.

When I was very young, the Queen and Prince Philip almost always attended, many of the female guests wore long dresses plus jewellery and the acts were often top performers. Over the years, Bob Hope, Julie Andrews, Henry Mancini, Joe Loss [a favourite bandleader of the BRF] Danny La Rue, Cliff Richard, Shirley Bassey, Kiri te Kawana, as well as contemporary pop stars have all performed. What they have in common is that they give their services for free. Mind you, the cynical always say that it does the artistes no harm as they get priceless exposure!

The event is a fund raising event for the Enterntainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund, and traditionally used to be known as the Royal Command Performance.

Over the years, the Royal Variety Performance started to attract 'show off' artistes rather than just high-quality performers, which led to a slight decline in the 'status' of the event, but what also contributed to its loss in popularity was its reputation for seriously overrunning.

The Queen and Prince Philip OR the Queen Mother traditionally used to attend, or, occasionally, The Prince of Wales with Camilla. The Sunday papers once carried a quotation, attributable to the Queen, who was allegedly responding to Prince Edward, who was complaining to her about the duration of some engagement: H.M replied that she 'knew all about that sort of thing, as she had sat thorough many Royal Variety Performances'. Of course, no one knows whether the story is really true.

I went to one such performance in the presence of the Queen Mother. This was around 1982, at London's Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. It is a very large theatre,with 4 tiers! There were a lot of contemporary comedians performing that night, as well as singers and dancers; after all, it is a VARIETY performance!

The form is 'typical' for most royal events. i.e. the audience arrives first; there is an opportunity to buy a Programme, which is relatively expensive [but still very affordable] as it is part of the fundraising effort. From memory, there was a message from the Queen Mother in the Forward to the Programme, reminding everyone of the work of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund. The message also carried a photo of Her Majesty and then brief details of the various artistes who were to perform that night.

We were then seated (from memory, we were required to arrive well before the QM) and then at the appointed time, Her Majesty arrived and we all stood up to welcome her, turning to face her in the Royal Box. This was so that no backs were turned on the Queen Mother. The National Anthem was played, and then we all sat down. [note: as I type this, I cannot remember whether the QM went into the official royal box or was placed in the first row of the stalls. I can remember going to a premiere at which princess Anne was present and IIRC at that particular theatre, the royal box was not used; instead the first row of the circle was designated a royal box, and I cannot for the life of me remember if the same practice did not take place at the Royal Variety Show.]

The Queen Mother was accompanied by her Lady in Waiting and a couple of other members of her Household and also sat with a couple of Charity 'big wigs' etc.

During the interval, the Queen Mother retired, presumably for refreshments and also for 'an opportunity to tidy', which I can inform you is the official royal phrase used for a roayol visit to the loo! Her Majesty then returned after the 20 minute break to watch the second half of the programme. Again, the audience all stood whilst she arrived. At the conclusion of the performance, we all stood again as the Queen Mother left the Auditorium. I believe that she then went backstage to meet the cast. We, the audience did not see this, and simply filed out, although we did of course see the Royal Rolls Royce waiting to take HM home again. The performance actually ran to time when I was there.

We did actually wait to see the Queen Mother leave, which, from memory was about 35 minutes later, although we did not get a very good view of this, because lots of people had been queuing throughout the whole of the performance [i.e. whilst we were inside] to ensure that they got 'pole position', which was of course fair.

Don't let anything that I have said put you off; you are sure to have a good night and at the end of the day, the money you pay for your ticket is going to a good cause, of which the Queen is patron. You will see the Royal as he/she/they arrive, when they leave and return at the interval and when they leave at the end. So that is quite a good 'ration' of royal viewing. The whole performance is also recorded by the BBC and you can then watch it again and try to spot yourselves in the audience, as well as looking again at the Royals as they arrive and leave.

For the record, I wore a long black velvet skirt by Pallant [who made a couple of outfits for Princess Diana] and a brightly coloured silk top from Harvey Nichols, together with Rayne Shoes. My evening bag came from Simpson. For the record, I still have all these items and can still wear the silk top; the skirt is, ahem, a little tight, as your humble Diarist has been a little forgetful when it comes to gym attendance. Most of the other ladies in the audience were similarly attired; my outfit was not as formal as it might seem, but it was long. Nowadays, I think that a lady could wear a short skirt [not a mini skirt, just 'not full length' and still pass muster.] From memory, people even wear evening trousers now. I would not quite do this: the old family rule used to be 'The Queen MIGHT see you!' i.e. so a degree of formality might be the order of the day.


Have a lovely time, and if I can give you one tip, although it is expensive, both of you should buy a programme. You can then insert your ticket inside, together with a copy of the Court Circular from The Times or The Telegraph recording the function. My programme is somewhere in my loft - unfortunately it will take me too long to find it at the moment, but I will look for it in due course.

Have fun and I hope this helps

Alex

free2rhyme 09-20-2011 05:50 PM

I know for the last few years the Queen and the Duke and Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have attended on alternating years. As Prince Charles and Camilla attended in 2010 and 2008, the 2011 show should be attended by the Queen and the Duke. They attended in 2007 (around the time of their Diamond Wedding Anniversary) and in 2009 (the Miley Cyrus fiasco) but then again maybe they won't go this year.

NGalitzine 09-20-2011 05:58 PM

Well Miley Cyrus could be enough to put anyone off attending again, lol. Maybe HM will hold off until the Diamond Jubilee next year.

roseroyal 09-20-2011 08:51 PM

@ Daria...
 
@ Daria-
RH appeared in the 1981 RVP,( He was the MC on that occasion) and also appeared in the 1990 RVP, which was a tribute to the Queen Mother for her 90th birthday.;)

Daria_S 09-21-2011 11:25 AM

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Originally Posted by roseroyal (Post 1318459)
@ Daria-
RH appeared in the 1981 RVP,( He was the MC on that occasion) and also appeared in the 1990 RVP, which was a tribute to the Queen Mother for her 90th birthday.;)

Finally found this :biggrin:.

Those must have been great evenings. He has such manner and talent for telling stories, and is a people person through and through.

roseroyal 09-21-2011 12:52 PM

I know I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall.;)

RoyalProtocol 09-22-2011 06:20 PM

:flowers:
Quote:

Originally Posted by Diarist (Post 1318298)
The Royal Variety Performance has declined in importance over the years.
When I was very young, the Queen and Prince Philip almost always attended...

Thanks for this, very informative!

I am used to more "grand" Royal occasions so this one may be a disappointment, but my sister wants to see the acts rather than a strictly Royal engagement.

She intends to wear a formal cocktail dress, I'll wear my dinner jacket.

The price of our tickets include a programme each, according to our letter. I do enjoy keeping these with my invites tickets and a court circular duly clipped out!

Thanks again and I'll report back when we have been to the performance in early December.

Royal Newbie 09-22-2011 08:04 PM

I look forward to hearing how your evening goes. I admit to being a bit envious! Thank you in advance.
May I ask when the picture was taken in your avatar? Her Majesty looks fabulous in red!!! I also love to see her smiling!

roseroyal 09-22-2011 08:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Royal Newbie (Post 1319223)
May I ask when the picture was taken in your avatar? Her Majesty looks fabulous in red!!! I also love to see her smiling!

That pic was taken on HM's tour of N. Ireland a few years ago!
I agree with you- great photo! HM looks radiant in red!:flowers: And no one can top her smile....:flowers:

Royal Newbie 09-22-2011 08:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by roseroyal (Post 1319228)
That pic was taken on HM's tour of N. Ireland a few years ago!
I agree with you- great photo! HM looks radiant in red!:flowers: And no one can top her smile....:flowers:

Why thank you roseroyal! :flowers:

Off to hunt down more pictures so I can see the whole outfit!!!

roseroyal 09-22-2011 09:01 PM

You're quite welcome, I am sure!:flowers::lol:

RoyalProtocol 09-23-2011 06:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Royal Newbie (Post 1319223)
I look forward to hearing how your evening goes. I admit to being a bit envious! Thank you in advance.

May I ask when the picture was taken in your avatar? Her Majesty looks fabulous in red!!! I also love to see her smiling!

Quote:

Originally Posted by roseroyal (Post 1319228)
That pic was taken on HM's tour of N. Ireland a few years ago!
I agree with you- great photo! HM looks radiant in red!:flowers: And no one can top her smile....:flowers:

Roseroyal your quite right, St Patrick's Cathedral Armagh on Maundy Thursday. I was at the Service but the picture was from one of the local newspapers. She look lovely and has worn the outfit several times since.

NGalitzine 10-27-2011 05:56 PM

The Princess Royal will be in attendance at this years event in Manchester.

Cara007 10-29-2011 06:35 PM

I have attended shows in London, Blackpool and Liverpool and will be attending the Manchester show this year. Like anything it has had to change over the years to keep up with the times.

The show continues to feature top performers albeit all acts may not appeal to all generations but there will definitely be something for all ages. Our party consists of 20 to 50+ year olds and we are all equally entertained!

It is a very glamorous evening - these days glamorous does not necessarily mean full length dress for the ladies but they all look gorgeous, long dresses or not.

Be prepared for a security check and the price of a drink during the interval which is very expensive. (Dare I suggest you take something small in with you).

A programme is included in the price. As regards rushing away, at one performance we the audience were allowed to view the 'meet and greet the performers' with the Royals, but in any case it is generally gridlock on the roads so rushing away might not be an option.

Depends where you sit as to whether you see the Royal. They don't always use a Royal Box as such and so we have been sat quite near to them.

It is a wonderful event with a unique atmosphere and I am sure you and your sister will thoroughly enjoy it.

Incidently, Peter Kay is hosting and I have heard it will be the last show the Queen will be attending.

NGalitzine 10-29-2011 07:00 PM

I thought Princess Anne was appearing in place of The Queen or the Prince of Wales.

free2rhyme 10-29-2011 07:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NGalitzine (Post 1331856)
I thought Princess Anne was appearing in place of The Queen or the Prince of Wales.

If you look at the list of attendees at the bottom of this link Royal Variety Performance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia you can clearly see that The Queen is already marked to attend this year's show. Princess Anne has only attended the 1968 show, so I doubt she will ever again. Also, the past few years The Queen and Prince Charles have been attending in alternate years, The Queen attending the odd years (2007, 2009, 2011), and Prince Charles the even years (2008, 2010).

NGalitzine 10-29-2011 07:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by free2rhyme (Post 1331860)
If you look at the list of attendees at the bottom of this link Royal Variety Performance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia you can clearly see that The Queen is already marked to attend this year's show. Princess Anne has only attended the 1968 show, so I doubt she will ever again. Also, the past few years The Queen and Prince Charles have been attending in alternate years, The Queen attending the odd years (2007, 2009, 2011), and Prince Charles the even years (2008, 2010).

The British Royals Message Board: Princess Royal to attend Royal Variety Performance

It was mentioned on the British Board that this year Anne would be in attendance.

Lumutqueen 10-30-2011 03:56 AM

Anne can be in attendance with her mother there isn't anything wrong with that, the official royal calender only goes up to 9th December, so I'd keep checking if I were you because I can't see The Queen not attending nor it being her last show.

Diarist 10-30-2011 06:28 AM

Well, at one stage several members of the BRF used to attend the Royal Variety Performance, so I suppose theoretically that there is no reason why more than one Royal / Royal Couple couldn't be on duty that night. Although I do think it unlikely.

I would speculate that since the Queen does not attend every year, 2012 might be a more realistic option for her and therefore I don't think that she and Prince Philip would necessarily do 2 years in succession. Don't forget that as well as 2012 being Jubilee year, it is also the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Variety Performance, and so I think that the event's centenary might well be a better bet for the Queen's attendance.

One thing is certain, and that is that Royal Protocol and his sister will have a great time with some guaranteed 'royal spotting'.

Again, have fun,

Alex

Lumutqueen 11-19-2011 04:25 AM

A night out in Salford at the Royal Variety Performance? I'll pass, says Philip | Mail Online

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The Queen is to miss her regular appearance at the event for the first time in decades, with sources claiming she did not want to attend without her husband.
In recent years, the custom has been for the Queen to alternate with the Prince of Wales as guest of honour at the gala performance. Although it is the Queen’s ‘turn’, the Princess Royal will be going to next month’s event instead.
But insiders said the Duke of Edinburgh did not want to attend this year’s event – and the monarch did not want to go without him.
It is thought they were not keen on the tiring trip to Salford – the controversial location of a huge new home for the BBC.
Looks like it will be Princess Anne attending this year, I'm surprised that HM isn't going.

Daria_S 12-05-2011 11:58 PM

An article from 'The Daily Mail' about this year's Royal Variety Performance. Appeared to be a mix of comedy, modern music and some classic theatre. Not bad. I'd love to see a full shot of Princess Royal's dress. It looked sparkly and fun.

Royal Variety Performance 2011: Pixie Lott and Nicole Scherzinger are all legs and cleavage to perform for the Royals | Mail Online

Excalibur 12-06-2011 08:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Daria_S (Post 1343745)
An article from 'The Daily Mail' about this year's Royal Variety Performance. Appeared to be a mix of comedy, modern music and some classic theatre. Not bad. I'd love to see a full shot of Princess Royal's dress. It looked sparkly and fun.

Royal Variety Performance 2011: Pixie Lott and Nicole Scherzinger are all legs and cleavage to perform for the Royals | Mail Online

I am more than a little disappointed that Barry Manilow did not even rate a mention in the article. I guess his outfit wasn't racy enough. :ermm:

NGalitzine 12-06-2011 09:30 AM

The DM must think the royal family are terribly prudish if they think that legs and cleavage are too much for such a show.

Diarist 12-06-2011 10:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lumutqueen (Post 1338729)
A night out in Salford at the Royal Variety Performance? I'll pass, says Philip | Mail Online



Looks like it will be Princess Anne attending this year, I'm surprised that HM isn't going.

The Queen and Prince Philip might have missed the performance this year, because next year, apart from being the Queen's own Diamond Jubilee year, is also the Centenary of the first Royal Variety Performance, [then the Royal Command Performance.] It may therefore be the case that The Queen and Prince Philip will be attending next year........

I hope Royal Protocol enjoyed himself and will come on here to report back in due course.

Alex

KittyAtlanta 12-06-2011 10:51 AM

The female performers looked trashy. And who the heck is Cee Lo Green? I live in the "Hip Hop City" and I've never heard of him.

As for Mr. Manilow not getting any attention, what a shame.

Daria_S 12-06-2011 12:48 PM

This article from the 'Mirror' mentions Barry Manilow, and gives more commentary of the performance.

Royal Variety Performance sees Princess Anne glam up for Salford - mirror.co.uk

Lumutqueen 12-06-2011 04:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Diarist (Post 1343868)
The Queen and Prince Philip might have missed the performance this year, because next year, apart from being the Queen's own Diamond Jubilee year, is also the Centenary of the first Royal Variety Performance, [then the Royal Command Performance.] It may therefore be the case that The Queen and Prince Philip will be attending next year........

Indeed, but why not attend two years in a row? It's the same as missing it two years in a row.

ladongas 12-06-2011 05:22 PM

Did Cee Lo Green sing his most popular song?
 
Somehow I doubt it.

RoyalProtocol 12-07-2011 06:08 PM

The Report:

We arrived at about 5.30 p.m. and it was already quite busy. We were seated at 6.30 p.m. The standard of dress was good rather than outstanding. The majority of men (95%) wore orthodox black tie, the remainder wore lounge suit. The women were more random. About 50% short evening dress, 25% long evening dress, 15% trousers and sparkly top and 10% plain day clothes. Hilariously there were a few tiara and evening glove combos which were completely out of place.

Her Royal Highness arrived at 7.15 p.m. accompanied by Sir Timothy and was seated in a purple Royal Box specially constructed for the occasion. HRH was well dressed in a long navy dress (for a change) and seemed to enjoy herself.

The show began with a fanfare and Hayley Westenra sang "God save The Queen".

Peter Kay was funny and the comedians were a good laugh. There were lots of technical errors and delays and the show didn't finish until 11.30ish.

There was one programme per couple but we managed to grab an extra one on the way out.

We were asked to stay seated at the end while HRH met the cast but everyone left as it was so late, though we hovered in the foyer to see HRH depart. HRH left in good spirits and was all smiles and waves.

The programme was good and very enjoyable, we had good seats and we really enjoyed our evening. It was a bit long and I think the ITV people were to blame for the muck ups.

I don't know if I would rush back but it was a wonderful experience none the less.

Lumutqueen 12-09-2011 04:29 AM

So Peter Kay - I love it.
Prince Charles left bemused by Peter Kay's humour as comedian recalls meeting Princess Anne | Mail Online

Quote:

'I had your sister last night': Prince Charles left bemused by Peter Kay's humour as comedian recalls meeting Princess Anne

tommy100 12-15-2011 04:54 PM

I actually think it was nice that Princess Anne attended, i think she and Sir Tim had more chance of enjoying it than HM and Prince Philip would. I mean the Queen is in her 80s, Prince Philip in his 90s, would any other couple that old want to go (and go all the way to Manchester from London) to see the type of show the Royal Variety is?
Having watched the show on ITV player I thought I saw Princess Anne thank Hayley Westenra after she sang the anthem which I though was particularly sweet of Anne and showed a different side to her than if often reported.
I imagine Anne and Tim rather enjoyed themselves!

Dman 12-09-2013 02:44 PM

The Royal Variety Performance 2013 in the presence of TRH The Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall- Is on Live on ITV1 Now-
tvpc.com - ITV-1

cepe 12-09-2013 03:15 PM

I think this is the equivalent of the Royal short straw :lol:

Lumutqueen 11-05-2014 02:20 PM

Prince William and Kate Middleton to stand in for the Queen at Royal Variety Performance | Daily Mail Online

Skippyboo 11-05-2014 02:45 PM

Dame Shirley is probably the only one that the Queen has heard of. With Ed Sheeran, she would be thinking that wow Harry can sing but he needs a haircut.

The lineup is definitely more the Cambridges taste in music.


Sent from my iPhone using The Royals Community

An Ard Ri 11-05-2014 03:21 PM

What date is this years Royal Variety show?

cinrit 11-05-2014 06:23 PM

:previous: This year's show is on November 13th.

TLLK 11-05-2014 06:49 PM

And it's still considered work! ;-)

Dman 11-18-2014 10:33 AM

British Royals @britishroyals ∑ 2h 2 hours ago
This year's Royal Variety Performance - with the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge - will air on @ITV on Monday, 8 December, 7.30pm

Dman 12-08-2014 08:38 AM

Royal Variety Performance 2014: With Their Royal Highnesses The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge- Today on ITV from 7:30pm to 10:15pm UK Time-
Outside UK Viewers:
tvpc.com - ITV 1

Dman 12-13-2014 08:39 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNVRatnGLAQ

ROYAL NORWAY 04-17-2015 02:27 PM

The Queen young and beautiful at the Royal Variety Performance / Royal Film Performance.

1952
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3nw...Le-L&index=109

1953
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8mX...Le-L&index=107

1954
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXdk...Le-L&index=106

1956
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQ3z4q7a2sg

1957
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKkA...r6lX82p9bULe-L

Dman 12-01-2016 08:32 AM

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will be attending the Royal Variety Performance this year. Takes place on the 6th of December.

Dman 12-06-2016 03:28 PM

Pictures:
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall on arrival at the Royal Variety Perfirmance 2016-
https://mobile.twitter.com/markacuth...22018244911104

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/ar...ty-London.html

iceflower 12-07-2016 03:58 AM

:previous:

Here are some more pics:


** gettyimages/Indigo gallery **


** gettyimages/zimbio gallery: Royal Variety Performance - Arrivals **

Rudolph 12-07-2016 12:05 PM

Lady Gaga meets Charles and Camilla at the Royal Variety Performance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbt9Ne0XsMM

Robnix 12-13-2016 01:30 AM

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Originally Posted by iceflower (Post 1944520)

Great pics IceFlower.

Dman 11-17-2017 09:40 AM

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the Royal Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre on November 24th:
https://mobile.twitter.com/Kensingto...30088759418886

Lumutqueen 11-24-2017 02:55 PM

https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/...45349098274816

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived at the Royal Variety Performance.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/ar...rformance.html

Quote:

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have joined a dazzling array of stars at the Royal Variety Performance show.

Kate, who is four months pregnant with the couple's third child, looked stunning in a crystal-embellished full-length blue gown.

Tonight, the royals will watch a stellar line-up of artists including James Blunt, Louis Tomlinson, Paloma Faith and Seal at the evening gala hosted by Miranda Hart at the London Palladium.

With 89 shows spanning 105 years, the event is held in aid of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund of which the Queen is patron.

The evening will be hosted by Miranda Hart and will also include performances from The Killers and The Script.

The couple last attended the event in 2014 when Kate, who was then pregnant with Princess Charlotte, showed off her burgeoning bump in a black lace gown from Diane von Furstenberg - a dress also owned by Prince Harry's girlfriend and rumoured fiancťe, Meghan Markle.

ROYAL NORWAY 11-24-2017 05:44 PM

Video from ITN:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja8nsU0XdPw

duchessrachel 11-24-2017 06:49 PM

Kate looked lovely. That dress is AMAZING!!! It saddens me that tiaras aren't worn anymore at these performances. Does anyone know the last year that tiaras were worn and why it was stopped?

Rudolph 12-19-2017 10:25 PM

This made my day :biggrin:

Quote:

ďNever let it be said that Prince William doesnít do what the British public demand from him Ė as on Tuesday night he stood up from the Royal Box at the London Palladium and galloped.

Yes, GALLOPED.

It was all part of an on-going sketch at the annual Royal Variety Performance that saw host Miranda Hart attempt to get the royal to take part in her favourite activity Ė galloping.Ē
Read more: Prince William galloped in the royal box on Royal Variety Performance

Royal Variety viewers praise Prince William for joining in on Miranda Hart jokes and GALLOPING in royal box...

Dman 11-03-2018 12:58 AM

Harry and Meghan to make their Royal Variety Performance Debut-
https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalt...y-performance/

muriel 11-03-2018 03:08 AM

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Originally Posted by Dman (Post 2167385)
Harry and Meghan to make their Royal Variety Performance Debut-
https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalt...y-performance/

Why not! The event is covered in rotation by Charles, William and Harry, so it makes sense.

Curryong 11-03-2018 03:29 AM

Yes, we've been expecting this news. It will be good to see them, and of course Meghan's gown!

Madame Verseau 11-03-2018 11:36 AM

This engagement to the Royal Variety Performance should be special because it would be the first time a royal who had a solid career in the performing arts (Meghan) would be attending. Edward dabbled but I don't think he attended.

Countessmeout 11-03-2018 12:06 PM

It has been only since 2014 William and Harry entered rotation. Prior it was the queen and Charles rotating, with one year Anne.

But indeed it was Harrys year in rotation so no surprise.

Great to see though with Meghan on his arm this year. Her career in performing an extra level to it.

Dman 11-03-2018 12:49 PM

Another thing...Meghan will make her debut as an expecting mother. The same as Catherine did in 2014.

wartenberg7 11-03-2018 01:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dman (Post 2167385)
Harry and Meghan to make their Royal Variety Performance Debut-
https://www.hellomagazine.com/royalt...y-performance/


Poor them...! :lol:This is a show where the Royals attending always get fooled by the moderator:whistling::lol:...

tommy100 11-03-2018 02:05 PM

Its painful watching and that is apparently a highly edited version, there is a lot of waiting round 4 performers, staging etc in the real live event. No wonder HM and Philip handed it over to other members of the RF.

Empress Merel 11-03-2018 02:09 PM

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Originally Posted by tommy100 (Post 2167503)
Its painful watching and that is apparently a highly edited version, there is a lot of waiting round 4 performers, staging etc in the real live event. No wonder HM and Philip handed it over to other members of the RF.

Really? That is a shame because I do always enjoy watching the some parts of the event, depending on which comedian. Who doesn't like a good roast? I still watch Jack Whitehall's roast of Harry every now and then haha.

jacqui24 11-05-2018 12:35 AM

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Originally Posted by Empress Merel (Post 2167505)
Really? That is a shame because I do always enjoy watching the some parts of the event, depending on which comedian. Who doesn't like a good roast? I still watch Jack Whitehall's roast of Harry every now and then haha.

I have to say, I've never watched before or cared enough to find out what they did. But roast?!?!?! I'm so there!:lol:

Dman 11-13-2018 10:11 AM

As we expected. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium on Monday, November 19th-
https://mobile.twitter.com/Kensingto...48366250762240

Lumutqueen 11-19-2018 01:32 PM

They have arrived:
https://twitter.com/RE_DailyMail/sta...86769386082304

Arrival Video: https://twitter.com/SPerryPeoplemag/...87132138921985

https://twitter.com/RoyalReporter/st...90796190621696

https://twitter.com/emynash/status/1064590366148579328

Meghan chatting with Take That and Hamilton Cast.

MaiaMia_53 11-19-2018 01:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Lumutqueen (Post 2172870)

Meghan looks lovely and she walks so gracefully. Another Safiyaa gown, as discussed in Meghan's fashion thread.

Pranter 11-19-2018 02:04 PM

I actually like this...it has an elegant look to it, especially on the move. No hiding her pregnancy now. Hope the show is good!


LaRae

eya 11-19-2018 02:06 PM

Galleries from tonight

https://www.gettyimages.com/search/u...alproducts=all

https://www.rexfeatures.com/livefeed...don_palladium?

Lumutqueen 11-19-2018 02:09 PM

Daily Mail Article: Take That, Harry! Radiant Meghan greets Gary Barlow and his bandmates as the Duke and Duchess arrive for the Royal Variety Performance.

Lumutqueen 11-19-2018 02:25 PM

Shall we move on folks?

Really excited to see this RVP, line up looks pretty good and I will always watch Cirque De Solei, not 100% on the host Greg Davies can be a bit un funny with his comedy.

Terri Terri 11-19-2018 02:27 PM

Gladly!


Does anyone have a link to the broadcast? Is it live?

Zonk 11-19-2018 02:33 PM

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jacqui24 11-19-2018 02:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Terri Terri (Post 2172901)
Gladly!


Does anyone have a link to the broadcast? Is it live?

It'll broadcast in Dec. It's not live.

HereditaryPrincess 11-19-2018 02:45 PM

Meghan looks very glowing! Interesting that it's just her and Harry attending the Royal Variety this year.

Spheno 11-19-2018 02:48 PM

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Originally Posted by HereditaryPrincess (Post 2172924)
Meghan looks very glowing! Interesting that it's just her and Harry attending the Royal Variety this year.

It was Harry's year to attend. Meghan is his "plus one" in this case.

Curryong 11-19-2018 02:52 PM

With the Royal Variety Show I believe it always is just one Royal couple at a time. I think Meghan looks very elegant. Wonder whether they will enjoy the show, which is sometimes pretty excruciating, and whether Meghan will get some of the British jokes!

Nico 11-19-2018 02:54 PM

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Originally Posted by HereditaryPrincess (Post 2172924)
Meghan looks very glowing! Interesting that it's just her and Harry attending the Royal Variety this year.

This show in not really famous for the quality of its programming. I bet HM then Charles and Camilla are more than happy to give it a pass...

HereditaryPrincess 11-19-2018 02:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Curryong (Post 2172935)
With the Royal Variety Show I believe it always is just one Royal couple at a time, I believe. I think Meghan looks very elegant. Wonder whether they will enjoy the show, which is sometimes pretty excruciating, and whether Meghan will get some of the British jokes!

Ah, that would explain it - I've been reading through the older pages of this thread at previous variety shows and it would seem like that's the case. I'm not familiar with how the show works in regards to royal attendance so that would make sense.

Dman 11-19-2018 03:10 PM

Video:
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Arrival at the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium-
https://itnproductions.com/news/vide...mance?type=raw

Pranter 11-19-2018 03:47 PM

I saw a clip of the PoW and DoC when they were there and Michael McIntyre was doing his routine...it was really good and they were laughing quite a bit!



LaRae

MaiaMia_53 11-19-2018 04:06 PM

This video has excellent views of Harry & Meghan exiting the vehicle, entering the venue, going through the receiving line, and entering the theater's royal box. Meghan got out of the car and accepted flowers from someone in the crowd, which was unplanned, and probably unexpected by the security team...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaRdn6gvY50

Lumutqueen 11-19-2018 04:59 PM

Royals rotate their attendance at the event, I donít believe Henry has attended on his own before so to say it was ďhis yearĒ to attend is quite slim. Theyíve obviously decided to be put into the rotation now heís married, certainly donít think William attended before he was married.

I really donít see whatís bad about the RVP, itís a great event to raise money for charity.

Terri Terri 11-19-2018 05:09 PM

Harry attended on his own in 2015.

Lumutqueen 11-19-2018 05:38 PM

Thanks! So even then it wasnít his turn itís at least a 4 year cycle if you include Anne, and if you include The Queen itís 5.

Spheno 11-19-2018 05:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Lumutqueen (Post 2173046)
Thanks! So even then it wasnít his turn itís at least a 4 year cycle if you include Anne, and if you include The Queen itís 5.

2013 Charles and Camilla
2014 Cambridges
2015 Harry
2016 Charles and Camilla
2017 Cambridges

Osipi 11-19-2018 06:19 PM

When I think of the Royal Variety Performance, it makes me think back and how many times in old movies and shows that I've seen people billed as "performing for the crowned heads of Europe". The RVP, as we know it today, used to be the Royal Command Performance and dates back to the time of Queen Victoria where the "best of the best" would be commanded to perform for the Queen (or King and Queen). It was "the" feather in one's cap to perform and those that attended wore their very best glad rags and jewels.

So actually its tradition that states that there be British royals at this performance. Gone are the days of it being "commanded" and the jewels remain in their vault but its still a grand honor to be asked to perform for this show.

MaiaMia_53 11-19-2018 06:41 PM

:previous: Thanks for providing a bit of the history of this traditional event, dating all the way back to Queen Victoria. Of course, even Queen Elizabeth I was known for her love of hosting plays and entertainments at court.

Osipi 11-19-2018 06:47 PM

:previous: Makes me realize just how far we've come. It used to be that if you were invited to attend a royal performance, it was something special and for the performer, one that boosted his/her reputation as one to see. Now when there's a performance, we wonder how soon we can stream it, view it on YouTube or order the DVD and view it wearing our blue, fuzzy slippers sipping coffee and eating donuts. :biggrin:

Curryong 11-19-2018 10:17 PM

From 1848 to around 1912 though, and intermittently after the Prince Consort's death in Victoria's reign, the Performances tended to be well known actors of the time performing successful West End plays. Besides Shakespeare plays, Gilbert and Sullivan operas and later some revues and musical comedies were popular with the royals

. It wasn't until 1912 that there was a Variety show, with music hall artists performing before King George and Queen Mary, and regular annual variety shows before royalty weren't established until after World War One.

Dman 12-11-2018 08:12 AM

REMINDER- In the Presence of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex-
The Royal Variety Performance comes on tonight at 7:30pm on ITV. Iíll be watching.

jacqui24 12-11-2018 10:32 AM

Is there a way for those of us from US to watch?

Dman 12-11-2018 02:28 PM

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Originally Posted by jacqui24 (Post 2179737)
Is there a way for those of us from US to watch?

Those of us in the US can watch it here-
https://www.firstonetv.net/Live/United-Kingdom/ITV1--21

jacqui24 12-11-2018 02:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Dman (Post 2179846)
Those of us in the US can watch it here-
https://www.firstonetv.net/Live/United-Kingdom/ITV1--21

Thanks! :clap:

ETA: I hope there is at least a partial that'll end up on Youtube, because it keeps getting stuck.

Dman 12-11-2018 02:43 PM

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Originally Posted by jacqui24 (Post 2179852)
Thanks! :clap:

ETA: I hope there is at least a partial that'll end up on Youtube, because it keeps getting stuck.

Yeah, Iím having the same problem. Very likely it will Ben up on YouTube soon.

HereditaryPrincess 12-11-2018 04:17 PM

This year was one of the better years IMO and I didn't expect the performance to be this good. My favourite act was the Britain's Got Talent winner Lee Ridley (I'm glad that there are more people with disabilities on television and in the media).

Dman 12-19-2018 01:39 PM

You can watch the 2018 Royal Variety Performance here...before it’s taken down-
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0InNQV...ature=youtu.be

Lumutqueen 11-05-2019 11:48 AM

Itís Royal Variety time for Catherine and William this year as Charles and Camilla are in New Zealand.


https://twitter.com/kensingtonroyal/...434979841?s=21

An Ard Ri 11-05-2019 12:23 PM

Will be nice to see the Cambridges back this year!

Dman 11-05-2019 12:34 PM

I love how Charles’s family are now the main ones that attend this event.

Lumutqueen 11-18-2019 01:29 PM

The Duke and Duchess have arrived;

https://twitter.com/emynash/status/1...253377026?s=21


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