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Stars Come Out For Royal Variety Performance
The best of British talent and a host of stars from around the world have performed in London at the 100th Royal Variety Performance.
Katherine Jenkins kicked off proceedings by singing the National Anthem as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh took their seats.
David Walliams hosted the event, and entered The Royal Albert Hall to the sound of the James Bond theme while strapped to a jet pack.
Newly-reformed Girls Aloud took to the stage in matching sequined black and gold fishtail dresses singing their hit single The Promise.
Legendary comedian Jimmy Tarbuck introduced a series of comedy clips of himself, Peter Kay and the cast of Only Fools And Horses entertaining in past variety performances. He also led a tribute to the late Eric Sykes.
Britain's Got Talent Judge Amanda Holden introduced past winners of the talent show in a museum-themed performance featuring dance troupe Diversity, comedy dancing duo Stavros Flatley and opera singer Paul Potts.
One Direction sung a rendition of number one single Little Things, prompting Walliams to dress up as an obsessed female fan.
Jenkins was later joined by classical superstar Placido Domingo to perform Come What May from musical Les Miserables. The Welsh mezzo-soprano wore a strapless purple floor-length gown.
Walliams introduced "national treasure" and personal hero Sir Bruce Forsyth, who joked that at 100 years old, the Royal Variety Performance was only 16 years older than him.
Comic Alan Carr and Walliams then dressed up as this year's Britain's Got Talent winners Ashleigh Butler and her canine companion Pudsey, before the duo themselves executed a James Bond-inspired dance routine.
Tickets for the star-studded spectacular sold out in a matter of minutes. It is due to be broadcast on ITV1 on December 3.
In 2010 the Royal Variety Performance was watched by more than 150 million television viewers worldwide and broadcast in over 65 countries.
All proceeds will be donated to The Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund (EABF), which cares for hundreds of entertainers throughout the UK who need help and assistance as the result of old age, ill health or hard times.
Many live at Brinsworth House in Twickenham, Middlesex, a retirement and nursing home run by the EABF, of which the Queen is patron.