‘We’re thrilled’: Sophie and Edward announced as royal guests of honour for major TV show


Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Prince Edward will be honoured guests at an event raising cash for a charity of whom the late Queen Elizabeth II was the sole patron.

The show is tightly linked with the Royal Family, with its members regularly attending the Variety over the decades.

The Royal Variety Charity, the organisation for which the programme raises funds, had as its sole patron the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The Royal Variety Performance will air in December where a number of acts will be taking to the stage.

Sophie and Prince Edward smiling

Sophie and Prince Edward will attend this year’s Royal Variety Performance (Image: GETTY)

The night has been a staple since 1912, bringing together a number of different acts who perform in aid of the charity.

Giles Cooper, chairman of the Royal Variety Charity, says: “The support from ticket sales for the performance means that the Royal Variety Charity continues to thrive, even given the current economic climate being felt by so many throughout the charitable world.”

Would I Lie To You team captain and stand-up comedian Lee Mack will host this year’s show, with the news confirmed by ITV in November.

He is following in the footsteps of other comedians like Jason Manford and Alan Carr, who hosted the show for the previous two years.

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The royals will attend the show together (Image: Getty)

Each year, the winner of talent show Britain’s Got Talent features in the Royal Variety Performance.

This year, it will be comedian Axel Blake who won the show and will be taking part in the event.

Other talent, including singers Gary Barlow, Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder, and Brit Award winner George Ezra will be amongst those making an appearance.


The Wessexes made the announcement on their Twitter account (Image: Getty)

Another added: “They carry out their duties to RF, are excellent people and the public likes them!”

User @vermeul6 wrote: “I’m so glad he gets the recognition he deserves. The Earl of Wessex is such a wonderful person.”

Others said “this is great news” while another said “excellent choice”.


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