Kylie Minogue was duly humble when greeting the Queen at her 100th Royal Variety Perfomance on Monday evening. The pop princess is herself celebrating 25 years in the music industry, but she folded into a delicate curtsey when coming face-to-face with Her Majesty, who was marking the centennial Royal Variety show.
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The Queen beamed as she met the singer, who chose a daring split gold dress for the occasion. Her glamorous number contrasted with that of the Diamond Monarch, who assured a sartorial coup with a stunning crystal embellished dress fashioned by royal designer Angela Kelly. It was the second meeting for both this year. In June, Kylie was tasked with introducing her royal charge to the artists who performed at the Jubilee concert.
This particular Variety Performance was a special one for Queen, who was watching the 100th show. As she settled into the royal box, the generation of stars before her had changed since she first attended the extravaganza as 21-year-old Princess Elizabeth back in 1947.
Girls Aloud and One Direction showed Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh just why they are Britain's leading pop groups. Kylie Minogue, Alicia Keys, Neil Diamond and Andrea Bocelli all represented international talent, whilst host David Walliams held things together and raised a few laughs by arriving on stage as James Bond, complete with jet pack – a wink to the Queen's own stint as a Bond girl at 2012 London Olympics.
Amidst the ever-changing landscape of celebrity, there were some familiar faces reminiscing of Royal Variety Performances gone by, with Jimmy Tarbuck introducing clips of himself, fellow comedian Peter Kay and the cast of Only Fools and Horses onstage in previous years. Funnyman Jimmy made his debut in 1964 and was clearly delighted to be involved in proceedings once more. "It's a great honour to be asked," he said. "You're appearing with your peers and people you admire. It's such a good bill."
Classical singer Katherine Jenkins was also on the bill and seconded the sentiment, saying: "It's an honour. It does make you nervous when the Queen is watching you. You want to do your best." Enjoying the centennial Royal Variety Show was the perfect way for the Queen and Prince Philip to warm up celebrations of their 65th wedding anniversary, due to take place the following day.
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