100th Royal Variety Performance

All that glistens: Heather Headley went for red as she took her turn to sing

There was royalty in the audience so Girls Aloud of course ensured they were dressed in their glamorous best at the Royal Variety Performance on Monday evening.

Cheryl Cole led the girls on stage and unlike their usual skimpy get-ups they dressed appropriately for the high caliber crowd as they all covered up in floor-length gowns.

They stepped on stage at the lavish Royal Albert Hall to give it their all in one of their first live performances since reuniting again. And now wonder they saved themselves for the best as they helped the Queen celebrate the 100th variety show.

Belting it out: Alicia Keys wore all black

Cheryl, Nadine, Nicole, Kimberley and Sarah wore matching black frocks with a tulip cut and lashings of gold embellishment down their fronts.

The Biology hitmakers stunned in the strapless numbers as they stood in perfect unison in a straight line singing into their microphones.

Showing off their perfect physiques, glamorous hair and singing skills, the girls ensured they were a hit as the Queen, along with the Duke of Edinburgh, sat in their seats to be entertained by the star-studded variety acts for the lavish evening.

But it wasn’t only Girls Aloud who graced the stage to make it a night to remember. Among the glamorous ladies leading the pack was Katherine Jenkins and Amanda Holden. The Britain’s Got Talent judge shimmered in a silver gown as she took the mic onstage during the evening. Visit DailyMail to continue reading…

Fit for the Queen: Cheryl Cole displays her curves and vocals as she takes to the stage at the Royal Variety Performance to entertain Queen Elizabeth II

Fit for the Queen: Cheryl Cole displays her curves and vocals as she takes to the stage at the Royal Variety Performance to entertain Queen Elizabeth IIStunning the crowd: The girls performed one of their first reunion gigs in their stunning matching gowns with gold embellishment detailingStunning the crowd: The girls performed one of their first reunion gigs in their stunning matching gowns with gold embellishment detailingGiving it her all: Cheryl stood in the middle as they gave their best efforts on the nightGiving it her all: Cheryl stood in the middle as they gave their best efforts on the nightLavish set: The girls performed an impressive set in the spectacular venueLavish set: The girls performed an impressive set in the spectacular venuePerfect formation: Cheryl took centre stage as the girls performed their mirror-image movesPerfect formation: Cheryl took centre stage as the girls performed their mirror-image movesHaving a chin wag: The Queen greeted the girls after the show to thank them for their effortsHaving a chin wag: The Queen greeted the girls after the show to thank them for their effortsMaking their entrance: One Direction were also among the headliners and appeared through the audienceMaking their entrance: One Direction were also among the headliners and appeared through the audienceTaking their places: Liam, Louis, Zayn, Niall and Harry sat on lit up stools as they sang their hearts outTaking their places: Liam, Louis, Zayn, Niall and Harry sat on lit up stools as they sang their hearts outConcentrating: Harry Styles showed the Queen what all the fuss was about as he joined his One Direction bandmates at the Royal Albert HallConcentrating: Harry Styles showed the Queen what all the fuss was about as he joined his One Direction bandmates at the Royal Albert HallSomething funny? The boys broke down in giggles as they were joined on stage by funnyman David Walliams, who was host for the eveningSomething funny? The boys broke down in giggles as they were joined on stage by funnyman David Walliams, who was host for the eveningGathering together: The boys looked dapper as they happily completed their setGathering together: The boys looked dapper as they happily completed their setAll eyes on them: Despite it being a slightly older clientele at the show, the boys did themselves proud as they showed off their talentsAll eyes on them: Despite it being a slightly older clientele at the show, the boys did themselves proud as they showed off their talentsStand out: Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins wowed in a pink satin strapless gown as she took to the micStand out: Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins wowed in a pink satin strapless gown as she took to the micCostume change: She transformed into a similar purple number as she showed off her vocal skills alongside Placido DomingoCostume change: She transformed into a similar purple number as she showed off her vocal skills alongside Placido DomingoCelebrations: Amanda was just one of the stars taking part in the 100th Royal Variety ShowCelebrations: Amanda was just one of the stars taking part in the 100th Royal Variety ShowGolden girl: Kylie Minogue was also a favourite as she glistened in her side split gold dressGolden girl: Kylie Minogue was also a favourite as she glistened in her side split gold dressFlashing the flesh: She wore her hair in an up ‘do while emphasising her petite figure in the sequin gownFlashing the flesh: She wore her hair in an up 'do while emphasising her petite figure in the sequin gownSpecial guest: Even Alicia keys was over from America to perform at the show among the other acts of the nightSpecial guest: Even Alicia keys was over from America to perform at the show among the other acts of the nightTribute: Heather Headley made a memorable performance with her tribute to late singer Whitney HoustonTribute: Heather Headley made a memorable performance with her tribute to late singer Whitney HoustonTaking her seat: The Queen took her place next to the Duke of Edinburgh as they watched the show unfoldTaking her seat: The Queen took her place next to the Duke of Edinburgh as they watched the show unfoldRoyal seal of approval: The British monarch dressed in her finest as she glittered her way into the venue on the red carpetRoyal seal of approval: The British monarch dressed in her finest as she glittered her way into the venue on the red carpetVariety is the spice of life: Rod Stewart returned to singing duties as he performed his classicsVariety is the spice of life: Rod Stewart returned to singing duties as he performed his classics…And even crooner Neil Diamond was among the stars providing the range of entertainment...And even crooner Neil Diamond was among the stars providing the range of entertainmentWhat a night: Soldiers set the scene as they graced the stage in full dress up gearWhat a night: Soldiers set the scene as they graced the stage in full dress up gear

Meeting Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II…

Following Monday night’s Royal Variety Performance, performers found themselves face-to-face with the Queen. After taking to the stage at London’s Royal Albert hall for a flawless live showcase, the ‘Girls Aloud’, the girlband, were introduced to Her Majesty among other performers, beaming from ear-to-ear as they took it in turns to politely shake her hand.

And Cheryl Cole proved to be a particular fan of the 86-year-old monarch, somewhat bizarrely comparing her hair to ‘candy floss’ and praising her ‘tiny little dancing shoes’.

Writing on her Twitter page, Cheryl wrote: ‘The Queen is so delicate. She has hair like candy floss and tiny little dancing style shoes .. Awww #theroyalvariety2012.’

It would seem Her Majesty was equally enamoured with the Geordie beauty, smiling widely as she chatted briefly to the 29-year-old singer.

The rest of Girls Aloud seemed to be just as overcome with pride as Cheryl, expressing their excitement at meeting the monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh on their various Twitter pages.

Nadine Coyle wrote: ‘I met the Queen of England tonight & the Duke. The royal Albert hall was jumping with faces. A celeb spotters dream! Xxx hahaah great day!’

Kimberley Walsh added: ‘Cannot believe I just met the Queen! What an amazing night! #royalvariety2012.’

And Nicola Roberts praised the group’s ‘amazing weekend’, which has seen them not only perform at the Royal Variety Show, but also appear on Children In Need and Strictly Come Dancing with their upcoming single, Something New.

She said: ‘I’m so excited I’ve just met the Queen. I’ve always wanted too meet her. She was sparkling from head to toe #royalvariety2012. Weve had an amazing weekend #ChildrenInNeed #SCD #royalvariety2012.’

And while the rest of the girls seemed thrilled to be in the presence of royalty, Sarah Harding appeared to be a little distracted by comedian David Walliams, and was seen giggling away at him as the Queen made her approach.

Although Girls Aloud toned down their usually skimpy stage costumes in favour of elegant and demure fishtail dresses to cater to their high-calibre crowd, not every performer was so mindful of their audience.

Comedian Alan Carr greeted the Queen in a leopard-print cave-woman costume, while Britain’s Got Talent winner Ashleigh Butler had to meet Her Majesty wearing a bright pink bodysuit.

The Queen was also introduced to boyband One Direction, opera singer Katherine Jenkins, and the likes of Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams and Alicia Keys.

Keys said: ‘To be part of something that’s been happening for 100 years is amazing. I’ve got instructions about meeting the Queen. I’ve got to bow to the audience and the royal box.’

In addition to praising her meeting with the monarch, Cheryl Cole also tweeted her love for both Kylie and Alicia following their respective performances. She said: ‘Gotta love a bit of Kylie #looksamazing.’ Before adding: ‘Another highlight of my night was @aliciakeys such an incredibly talented and down to earth woman.’

Of course, Cheryl is no stranger to royalty, after working alongside Prince Charles with her charity, The Cheryl Cole Foundation.

The show will be broadcast on ITV1 on December 3 at 7.30pm.

From one member of royalty to another: Queen Elizabeth II met pop royalty in the form of Cheryl Cole and Girls Aloud following the Royal Variety Performance on Monday nightFrom one member of royalty to another: Queen Elizabeth II met pop royalty in the form of Cheryl Cole and Girls Aloud following the Royal Variety Performance on Monday nightRoyal fan: Cheryl somewhat bizarrely compared the Queen’s hair to ‘candy floss’ and praised her ‘tiny little dancing shoes’Royal fan: Cheryl somewhat bizarrely compared the Queen's hair to 'candy floss' and praised her 'tiny little dancing shoes'Honored: Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts, Cheryl Cole, Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding took it in turns to meet the QueenHonoured: Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts, Cheryl Cole, Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding took it in turns to meet the Queen New pals: Her Majesty seemed to be enjoying a particularly long chat with CherylNew pals: Her Majesty seemed to be enjoying a particularly long chat with Cheryl Proud: The girls beamed from ear-to-ear as the monarch passed by, before taking to their Twitter pages to express their excitement at being in the presence of royaltyProud: The girls beamed from ear-to-ear as the monarch passed by, before taking to their Twitter pages to express their excitement at being in the presence of royalty Funnyman: After meeting Girls Aloud, the Queen moved on to comedian David WalliamsFunnyman: After meeting Girls Aloud, the Queen moved on to comedian David Walliams Eclectic mix: Queen Elizabeth met with all the acts who took to the stage at the 2012 Royal Variety PerformanceEclectic mix: Queen Elizabeth met with all the acts who took to the stage at the 2012 Royal Variety PerformanceA new Directioner: The One Direction boys looked a little nervous as they shook hands with the monarchA new Directioner: The One Direction boys looked a little nervous as they shook hands with the monarch Is that appropriate attire: Alan Carr was dressed in a leopardprint cave-woman costume as he received his royal introduction, while Ashleigh Butler was wearing a hot pink bodysuitIs that appropriate attire: Alan Carr was dressed in a leopardprint cave-woman costume as he received his royal introduction, while Ashleigh Butler was wearing a hot pink bodysuitPop princess: Kylie Minogue, wearing a gold Julien Macdonald dress, looked positively thrilled as she shook the hand of the 86-year-old monarchPop princess: Kylie Minogue looked positively thrilled as she shook the hand of the 86-year-old monarch Music icons: Robbie Williams looked on as the Queen met US singer Alicia KeysMusic icons: Robbie Williams looked on as the Queen met US singer Alicia KeysCharmer: Alicia Keys smiled as she watched Placido Domingo kiss the Queen’s white glove on her right handCharmer: Alicia Keys smiled as she watched Placido Domingo kiss the Queen's white glove on her right handWelsh wonder: Opera singer Katherine Jenkins was dressed demurely in a dark pink satin strapless gownWelsh wonder: Opera singer Katherine Jenkins was dressed demurely in a dark pink satin strapless gown Pleased to meet you: Rod Stewart bowed as he shook hands with Her MajestyPleased to meet you: Rod Stewart bowed as he shook hands with Her Majesty Charmed: Amanda Holden performed a segment from Thoroughly Modern Millie on the showCharmed: Amanda Holden performed a segment from Thoroughly Modern Millie on the show Hello, Yiour Majesty: The Queen greeted performers from the musical adaptation of MatildaHello, Yiour Majesty: The Queen greeted performers from the musical adaptation of MatildaNew chums? The Duke of Edinburgh seemed to be enjoying chatting to Girls Aloud’s Nadine CoyleNew chums? The Duke of Edinburgh seemed to be enjoying chatting to Girls Aloud's Nadine Coyle Furry friend: Prince Philip seemed particularly enamoured by the talented Pudsey the DogFurry friend: Prince Philip seemed particularly enamoured by the talented Pudsey the DogJokes all round: Prince Philip and Kylie Minogue seemed to be somewhat tickled as they chatted awayJokes all round: Prince Philip and Kylie Minogue seemed to be somewhat tickled as they chatted awayLong night: The Queen wrapped up with a blue blanket as she made her way home from the Royal Albert HallLong night: The Queen wrapped up with a blue blanket as she made her way home from the Royal Albert Hall

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5 thoughts on “100th Royal Variety Performance

  1. Is that the queen of England shaking hands with commoners? I guess President Obama is changing the world! If you don’t get the joke…I can’t help you.

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