Princess Anne has attended the 99th Royal Variety Performance and was entertained by a host of entertainers and stars

Carrying a posy of white and pink carnations, Anne walked down the red carpet on arrival wearing a fascinator, black gloves and elegant black gown, studded with a sparkling silver pattern. She also wore a fur shrug a she entered The Lowry Theatre in  Salford Quays, Greater Manchester.

 

The event hosted by Comedian Peter Kay opened with Dhol Foundation, a team of Asian drummers based in London, and Royal Marines. The event also included Cee Lo Green who performed his new single, Anyway, followed by British pop star Pixie Lott singing All About Tonight. Anglo-Iranian comic Omid Djalili entertained the audience with some topical jokes. Then was Adam Cooper taking on the role made famous by Gene Kelly with the theme tune to Singin’ In The Rain. Before this year’s Britain’s Got Talent winner, Jai McDowall, sang a cover of U2′s With Or Without You.

 

The second half was opened by Barry Manilow and followed by Former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger who played the role of Christine for a rendition of the theme tune to Phantom Of The Opera, introduced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

 

Legendary American crooner Tony Bennett stole the show, bringing the house down with two of his classic songs, The Best Is Yet To Come and How Do You Keep The Music Playing?

 

Bennett, 85, told the audience: “I have been coming to Great Britain for 60 years and the British public have been so beautiful all through the years, it is such a joy to be in this great country, especially tonight.”

 

Kay signed off saying: “I’m sorry it took so long, you will never see any of this on television!”

 

The show climaxed with a tribute to rock band Queen, led by Cee Lo Green and Leona Lewis performing Somebody To Love.

 

The show will be screened on ITV1 on December 14.

 

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Posted by mousiekins
Dated: 7th December 2011
Filled Under: Duty, Royalty