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Prince & Princess of Wales

Prince William almost steals the show at the Royal Variety Performance

The Prince of Wales almost stole the show at the Royal Variety Performance as he was overcome by giggles during several of the acts.

Prince William was seen wiping away tears of laughter during the performance by comedian, Tom Allen, with the TV cameras covering the event cutting to him several times.

There were more laughs, too, during a routine by compere, Bradley Walsh, over how to address the packed royal box. The Prince and Princess of Wales had been joined by Crown Princes Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden for the show and the host got a giggle from both heirs to the throne as he debated on how to address them all properly.

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel were in the royal box for this year’s Royal Variety Performance (Picture by i-Images / Pool)

Bradley Walsh also made reference to the many royals who have attended the show over the years, telling Prince William that he had ‘’worked for your great nan, your nan, your grandad and your dad’.

Performances by Beverley Knight and the cast of Sister Act as well as Hannah Waddingham and Rick Astley also won royal applause.

The show took place at the end of November and was recorded for broadcast on December 17th 2023 on ITV.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.