The pregnant Duchess of Cambridge stunned in a sequinned gown as she joined Prince William at the Royal Variety performance.

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Pregnant Kate dazzled in sequins at the event PA
Pregnant Kate dazzled in sequins at the event PA

The pregnant Duchess of Cambridge stunned in a sequinned gown as she joined Prince William at the Royal Variety performance.

William and Kate arrive at the Royal Variety Performa(AP)
William and Kate arrive at the Royal Variety Performa(AP)

The pair’s glamorous arrival was delayed following a huge terror scare in central London.

Reports shots had been fired on busy Oxford street and nearby Oxford Circus Tube station saw armed police place a swathe of the popular shopping hub on lockdown.

William and Kate, who is pregnant with their third child, arrived an hour later than scheduled for the star-studded evening gala at the London Palladium.

Despite being four-months pregnant, Kate’s baby bump was not showing beneath her dazzling cornflower blue, floor-length Jenny Packham gown.

Kate was handed a bunch of flowers as she arrived at the performance (Getty Images)
Kate was handed a bunch of flowers as she arrived at the performance (Getty Images)

A traditional pre-show line-up, in which some of the performers proudly get to meet the royal party, had to be dropped.

The royal couple graced the red carpet before accepting some flowers and swiftly heading straight into the packed auditorium for the national anthem, marking the start of the evening.

Artists including Louis Tomlinson, Paloma Faith and Seal are among those who are taking in the stage in front of up to 2,000 people at the annual charity event.

The Duchess's baby bump did not show in her sequinned gown (PA)
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The Duchess’s baby bump did not show in her sequinned gown (PA)

Singer James Blunt, who was due to perform, cancelled his slot last minute after the delayed start meant he would not make a later concert appearance, according to a theatre spokesman.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said the royal couple had been “delayed” but were in time for the start of the performance.

Police are investigating what caused panic among thousands of rush-hour commuters and Black Friday shoppers in the heart of central London.

Armed police had raced to Oxford Circus Tube station and Oxford Street after receiving 999 calls reporting that shots had been fired.

The Duchess's baby bump did not show in her sequinned gown (PA)
The Duchess’s baby bump did not show in her sequinned gown (PA)

But around 90 minutes after responding, police said there was no evidence of any shots, casualties or suspects.

Oxford Circus Tube and Bond Street stations have reopened, most cordons have been removed and the area has returned to normal.

Source: Standard co uk

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