The King of Comedy! William jokes with Miranda Hart as pregnant Kate squeals with laughter in the Royal Box

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The King of Comedy! William jokes with Miranda Hart as pregnant Kate squeals with laughter in the Royal Box as they join stars at glittering Royal Variety Performance show

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are expecting their third child, attended the show in London
Kate burst into fits of giggles when the Duke gamely took part in a comedy skit at the London Palladium
The annual event is held in aid of the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund, of which the Queen is patron
Younger members of the royal family have increasingly attended the televised show on the monarch’s behalf
The royal couple will tonight watch a stellar line-up of artists including Louis Tomlinson and Seal
Kate, 35, returned to royal duties in October after battling a severe bout of hyperemesis gravidarum

Prince William and Paloma Faith chat intently amdid many performers after the 105th Royal Variety Performance Show
Prince William and Paloma Faith chat intently amdid many performers after the 105th Royal Variety Performance Show
Kate and Will stayed to meet performers after the Royal Variety Show, joking and laughing with them
Kate and Will stayed to meet performers after the Royal Variety Show, joking and laughing with them
Will entertained the entertainers after the show as the royal couple stayed to meet the performers tonight
Will entertained the entertainers after the show as the royal couple stayed to meet the performers tonight
Dame Joan Collins, wearing a light pink dress and elaborate diamond jewellery, shared a warm exchange with Prince William
Dame Joan Collins, wearing a light pink dress and elaborate diamond jewellery, shared a warm exchange with Prince William
Will greeted ex-One Direction member Louis Tomlinson who performed at the Royal Variety Show tonight
Will greeted ex-One Direction member Louis Tomlinson who performed at the Royal Variety Show tonight
Will chats to Beverley Knight, Cassidy Janson and Amber Riley at the 105th Royal Variety Show
Will chats to Beverley Knight, Cassidy Janson and Amber Riley at the 105th Royal Variety Show
Adorable Prince William and the star of Annie The Musical at the 105th Royal Variety Performance Show, London Palladium
Adorable Prince William and the star of Annie The Musical at the 105th Royal Variety Performance Show, London Palladium
Comedienne Comedienne Miranda Hartranda Hart
Comedienne Miranda Hart
pictures show there were no hard feelings as Will and Kate warmly shook hands withe Miranda and other performers after the show in the London Palladium theatre
pictures show there were no hard feelings as Will and Kate warmly shook hands withe Miranda and other performers after the show in the London Palladium theatre

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were the surprise stars of tonight’s Royal Variety Performance show, when Will was cajoled into taking part in a comedy sketch by the show’s host, Miranda Hart.

Kate burst into fits of giggles when the Duke gamely took part in a comedy skit, obligingly shouting the catch-phrase ‘such fun’ whenever Hart requested him to from the stage at the London Palladium.

Sitting in the royal box under a spotlight, the Duke performed his part enthusiastically while the Duchess dissolved into fits of laughter.

Hart said that compelling Prince William to participate in the show was on her to-do list for the Royal Variety duties.

Hart had kicked off the show with a reference to the Royal guests, singing ‘there’s no Duchess like show Duchess’ during her rendition of Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun classic.

She later asked whether the Duke and Duchess, who are expecting their third child, were suffering ‘throne envy’ after she sat on a grand gold and red seat on stage.

Prince William chats to actresses Sarah Hadland and Sally Phillips after the show tonight in London PaPrince William chats to actresses Sarah Hadland and Sally Phillips after the show tonight in London Palladiumlladium
Prince William chats to actresses Sarah Hadland and Sally Phillips after the show tonight in London Palladium
The Dame and the Duchess Joan Collins and Kate shake hands after the show, Kate's bouquet of roses almost matches Joan's dress perfectly
The Dame and the Duchess Joan Collins and Kate shake hands after the show, Kate’s bouquet of roses almost matches Joan’s dress perfectly
Prince William meets the Benidorm cast - Jake Canuso, Sherrie Hewson, Tony Maudsley and Janine Duvitski
Prince William meets the Benidorm cast – Jake Canuso, Sherrie Hewson, Tony Maudsley and Janine Duvitski
Waving to the crowds Kate and Will greet enthusiastic guests and onlookers at the Royal Variety Show at London Palladium
Waving to the crowds Kate and Will greet enthusiastic guests and onlookers at the Royal Variety Show at London Palladium
Waving to the crowds Kate and Will greet enthusiastic guests and onlookers at the Royal Variety Show at London Palladium
Waving to the crowds Kate and Will greet enthusiastic guests and onlookers at the Royal Variety Show at London Palladium
Will gamely takes part in a comedy sketch, led by the show's host Miranda Hart while Kate giggled next to him while the couple sat under the spotlight in the royal box
Will gamely takes part in a comedy sketch, led by the show’s host Miranda Hart while Kate giggled next to him while the couple sat under the spotlight in the royal box
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge speaks to Patricia Hodge and Sarah Hadland after the 105th Royal Variety Performance Show at The London Palladium
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge speaks to Patricia Hodge and Sarah Hadland after the 105th Royal Variety Performance Show at The London Palladium
Kate chats to Sarah Hadland, wearing a black and red floral dress and Sally Phillips wearing a pink faux-fur coat and pink hot pink patterned dress after Kate chats to Sarah Hadland, wearing a black and red floral dress and Sally Phillips wearing a pink faux-fur coat and pink hot pink patterned dress after the showe show
Kate chats to Sarah Hadland, wearing a black and red floral dress and Sally Phillips wearing a pink faux-fur coat and pink hot pink patterned dress after the show
Kate thanked all the performers after the 105th Royal Variety Performance Show at the The London Palladium
Kate thanked all the performers after the 105th Royal Variety Performance Show at the The London Palladium

Addressing them in the invented plural of ‘Your Royal Highnii’, she promised more Royal audience participation to come as the night went on.

And she held true to her words when she convinced Will to participate by shouting her catch-phrase ‘such fun’ on request.

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

After their unexpected participation in the show, the couple enjoyed performances by Paloma Faith, The Killers, Louis Tomlinson, Seal and The Script 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 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 fiancĂ©e, Meghan Markle.

Harry, who is tipped to announce his engagement to Miss Markle any day now, attended back in 2015 when he met stars including Elton John and Jack White.

The Royal couple are attending the London Palladium in the Royal box, accompanied by Laurie Mansfield, life president and executive producer of the Royal Variety Charity, and Giles Cooper, chairman and executive producer of the same.

The Royal Variety Performance takes place in aid of the Royal Variety Charity, of which The Queen is Patron.

It dates back to 1912 when King George V and Queen Mary – William’s great-great grandparents – agreed to attend a Royal Command Performance at the Palace Theatre in London.

The first installment was in aid of the Variety Artistes’ Benevolent Fund and its proposed plans to build an extension to its Brinsworth House home for elderly entertainers.

Kate laughs as Patricia Hodge regales her with an anecdote after the show, as Sarah Hadland listens in while smiling warmly
Kate laughs as Patricia Hodge regales her with an anecdote after the show, as Sarah Hadland listens in while smiling warmly
Will complements performers from the dance, physical theatre and circus troupe Circus Abyssinia after the show in London
Will complements performers from the dance, physical theatre and circus troupe Circus Abyssinia after the show in London
People smile as Kate greets them and chats enthusiastically with everyone after the show finished tonight in London
People smile as Kate greets them and chats enthusiastically with everyone after the show finished tonight in London
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were pictured as they left the Royal Variety Performance show tonight
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were pictured as they left the Royal Variety Performance show tonight
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were pictured as they left the Royal Variety PerformanceThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were pictured as they left the Royal Variety Performance show tonighthow tonight
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were pictured as they left the Royal Variety Performance show tonight
A glowing princess waved to onlookers as she left the venue tonight, looking picture perfect after a long but enjoyable night
A glowing princess waved to onlookers as she left the venue tonight, looking picture perfect after a long but enjoyable night
A glowing princess waved to onlookers as she left the venue tonight, looking picture perfect after a long but enjoyable night
A glowing princess waved to onlookers as she left the venue tonight, looking picture perfect after a long but enjoyable night
Always time for a joke The royal couple share a private giggle as they walk through the London PalladiumAlways time for a joke The royal couple share a private giggle as they walk through the London Palladium after the showafter the show
Always time for a joke The royal couple share a private giggle as they walk through the London Palladium after the show
The royal couple enjoyed performances by Louise Tomlinson, The Killers, Seal, Tokio Myers and The Script tonight in London
The royal couple enjoyed performances by Louise Tomlinson, The Killers, Seal, Tokio Myers and The Script tonight in London

A second royal show was performed in July 1919 and billed as a celebration of post-war peace.

It became an annual event at the suggestion of George V in 1921, when the King decreed that ‘the monarch or a senior member of the Royal Family, would attend an annual performance, in aid of Brinsworth House and the Royal Variety Charity, once a year thereafter’.

This was to demonstrate the Royal family’s ‘love and support for the entertainment industry and its associated charity’.

Today, it is watched by an estimated 152 million viewers worldwide, bringing the cream of international talent to the London stage – making it the most successful and longest running entertainment show in the world.

The money raised from the show helps hundreds of entertainers throughout the UK, who need help and assistance as a result of old age, ill-health, or hard times.

The royal couple enjoyed performances by Louise Tomlinson, The Killers, Seal, Tokio Myers and The Script tonight in London
The royal couple enjoyed performances by Louise Tomlinson, The Killers, Seal, Tokio Myers and The Script tonight in London
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined a dazzling array of stars at the Royal Variety Performance show
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined a dazzling array of stars at the Royal Variety Performance show
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined a dazzling array of stars at the Royal Variety Performance show
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined a dazzling array of stars at the Royal Variety Performance show
Kate and Will looked elegant and happy as they descended the red carpet at the Royal Palladium in London
Kate and Will looked elegant and happy as they descended the red carpet at the Royal Palladium in London
Kate and Will looked elegant and happy as they descended the red carpet at the Royal Palladium in London
Kate and Will looked elegant and happy as they descended the red carpet at the Royal Palladium in London
Kate looked elegant as she arrived at the 105th Royal Variety Performance in her floor length blue dress
Kate looked elegant as she arrived at the 105th Royal Variety Performance in her floor length blue dress
Kate looked elegant as she arrived at the 105th Royal Variety Performance in her floor length blue dress
Kate looked elegant as she arrived at the 105th Royal Variety Performance in her floor length blue dress
The Duchess smiled warmly at guests as her husband, the Duke of Cambridge shook hands with attendees
The Duchess smiled warmly at guests as her husband, the Duke of Cambridge shook hands with attendees
The Duchess smiled warmly at guests as her husband, the Duke of Cambridge shook hands with attendees
The Duchess smiled warmly at guests as her husband, the Duke of Cambridge shook hands with attendees

Traditionally, the Queen has taken it in turns with the Prince of Wales to attend the show, but Harry, William and Kate’s repeated attendance is a demonstration of how the younger members of the family are increasingly stepping in to help the Queen in her tenth decade.

Charles and Camilla watched the performance in 2013, while the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh last went in the Diamond Jubilee year of 2012.

Kate, 35, returned to royal duties in October after battling a bout of hyperemesis gravidarum, an acute form of severe morning sickness, which forced the couple to announce their baby news earlier than planned.

Bedbound at Kensington Palace, she was forced to miss Prince George’s first day of school at Thomas’s Battersea.

The couple last attended the event in 2014 when Kate, who was then pregnant with Princess Charlotte, showed off her burgeoning bump
The couple last attended the event in 2014 when Kate, who was then pregnant with Princess Charlotte, showed off her burgeoning bump
The couple last attended the event in 2014 when Kate, who was then pregnant with Princess Charlotte, showed off her burgeoning bump
The couple last attended the event in 2014 when Kate, who was then pregnant with Princess Charlotte, showed off her burgeoning bump
The Duchess of Cambridge, who is four months pregnant, looked radiant in her heavily embellished Jenny Packham dress
The Duchess of Cambridge, who is four months pregnant, looked radiant in her heavily embellished Jenny Packham dress
Kate still looked beautiful as she left the venue and walked towards her waiting chauffeur-driven car in London tonight
Kate still looked beautiful as she left the venue and walked towards her waiting chauffeur-driven car in London tonight
Kate's growing baby bump was just visible under her embellished blue dress, adorned with beads, sequins and flowers
Kate’s growing baby bump was just visible under her embellished blue dress, adorned with beads, sequins and flowers
Prince Charming Will waved to adoring onlookers as he left the show tonight with Kate sitting by his side as their chauPrince Charming Will waved to adoring onlookers as he left the show tonight with Kate sitting by his side as their chauffeur droveeur drove
Prince Charming Will waved to adoring onlookers as he left the show tonight with Kate sitting by his side as their chauffeur drove
At the end of the night Kate tucked a strand of hair behind her ear she relaxed in the back seat of the car with Will after the show
At the end of the night Kate tucked a strand of hair behind her ear she relaxed in the back seat of the car with Will after the show
Kate beamed at the performance as her husband howled with laughter from their seat in the Royal Box aKate beamed at the performance as her husband howled with laughter from their seat in the Royal Box at the theatre the theatre
Kate beamed at the performance as her husband howled with laughter from their seat in the Royal Box at the theatre
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were illuminatd in the Royal Box (right) as they attended the Royal Variety Performance
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were illuminatd in the Royal Box (right) as they attended the Royal Variety Performance
Miranda Hart even got the Duke of Cambridge to partake in her comic show at The London Palladium tonight
Miranda Hart even got the Duke of Cambridge to partake in her comic show at The London Palladium tonight
Miranda Hart even got the Duke of Cambridge to partake in her comic show at The London Palladium tonight
Miranda Hart even got the Duke of Cambridge to partake in her comic show at The London Palladium tonight
Musician Tokio Myers pictured performing on stage at the 105th Royal Variety Performance Show in London tonight
Musician Tokio Myers pictured performing on stage at the 105th Royal Variety Performance Show in London tonight
The couple clapped as a variety of performers took to the stage, including Miranda Hart, The Killers and Louis Tomlinson
The couple clapped as a variety of performers took to the stage, including Miranda Hart, The Killers and Louis Tomlinson
Musician Tokio Myers performed in front of the great and the good of Britain at the Royal Variety
Musician Tokio Myers performed in front of the great and the good of Britain at the Royal Variety
The Royal Variety Performance dates back to 1912 when King George V and Queen Mary - William's great-great grandparents
The Royal Variety Performance dates back to 1912 when King George V and Queen Mary – William’s great-great grandparents
The couple seemed to thoroughly enjoy the 105th Royal Variety Performance Show but they still had eyes for each other
The couple seemed to thoroughly enjoy the 105th Royal Variety Performance Show but they still had eyes for each other
The Duchess of Cambridge wore drop diamond earrings, her hair was in curls and her Jenny Packham dress reflected the light
The Duchess of Cambridge wore drop diamond earrings, her hair was in curls and her Jenny Packham dress reflected the light
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge smiled as they drove through central London to attend the show tonight
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge smiled as they drove through central London to attend the show tonight
The couple last attended the event in 2014 when Kate, who was then pregnant with Princess Charlotte,
The couple last attended the event in 2014 when Kate, who was then pregnant with Princess Charlotte,
With 89 shows spanning 105 years, the event is held in aid of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund of which the Queen is patron
With 89 shows spanning 105 years, the event is held in aid of the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund of which the Queen is patron
Joan Collins looked stunning in a pale pink gown, embellished matching shoes with a butterfly motif
Joan Collins looked stunning in a pale pink gown, embellished matching shoes with a butterfly motif
Kelsey Kramer arrived in black tie with his blonde-haired partner on his arm
Kelsey Kramer arrived in black tie with his blonde-haired partner on his arm
Pop star Louis Tomlinson arrived at the venue in a black Vetements bomber jacket and Addidas tracksuit pants
Pop star Louis Tomlinson arrived at the venue in a black Vetements bomber jacket and Addidas tracksuit pants

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