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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pantomime George, Charlotte and Louis in the West End


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave their kids an early Christmas treat today with a pantomime break in London's West End.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis had a ball together on their first official royal red carpet this afternoon.

The youngsters were taken by William and Kate to a special pantomime performance at the London Palladium hosted by The National Lottery. This was held to thank key workers and their families for their phenomenal efforts this year.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George (right), Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis (left) ahead of a special pantomime at the London Palladium hosted by The National Lottery on Friday

They grabbed their parents' hands and went to the theater, fascinated by the sight of an elf juggling snowballs.

Little Louis, two, elegantly dressed in a blue cardigan, was elegantly with his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, in an Alessandra Rich dress, while his seven-year-old brother George, who looked more adult than ever in a stripped sweater, held the Duke in place .

Five-year-old Feisty Charlotte happily walked alone, kicking her legs in a gray and black tartan dress and shrugging off her father's leading arm.

Inside, they had their first experience with a royal box and chatted excitedly as they watched the start of the performance of & # 39; Pantoland & # 39; with Julian Clary and Elaine Page waited.

Little Louis, two, elegantly dressed in a blue cardigan, was elegant with his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, in an Alessandra Rich dress, while Charlotte wore a gray and black tartan dress

Little Louis, two, elegantly dressed in a blue cardigan, was elegant with his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, in an Alessandra Rich dress, while Charlotte wore a gray and black tartan dress

38-year-old William went down the stairs and gave a speech on stage before the show began. Louis sat on his mother's lap.

The second to the throne thanked Britain's most important workers and marked the death of Dame Barbara Windsor, a fitting tribute to her frequent appearance as a mime star.

He said, “Before I proceed I would like to pause and pay tribute to a true national treasure, Lady Barbara Windsor, who passed away so sadly last night.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis had their first experiences with a royal box and chatted excitedly (with the Duchess of Cambridge) as they await the start of the performance of & # 39; Pantoland & # 39; with Julian Clary and Elaine Page waited

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis had their first experiences with a royal box and chatted excitedly (with the Duchess of Cambridge) as they await the start of the performance of & # 39; Pantoland & # 39; with Julian Clary and Elaine Page waited

The Duchess of Cambridge with Prince Louis on her lap, while Princess Charlotte rests her mother's head before the performance

The Duchess of Cambridge with Prince Louis on her lap, while Princess Charlotte rests her mother's head before the performance

Princess Charlotte whispers to Prince Louis in the Royal Box as they watch the performance of & # 39; Pantoland & # 39; wait with Julian Clary and Elaine Page

Princess Charlotte whispers to Prince Louis in the Royal Box as they watch the performance of & # 39; Pantoland & # 39; wait with Julian Clary and Elaine Page

“She was an entertainment giant and of course a legend on pantomime stages across the country, including here at the London Palladium. And I know we will all miss them very much. & # 39;

He told the audience, who sat in family groups with social distance between them, “It's wonderful to be back here in the West End and to see theaters reopen their doors … Catherine, George, Charlotte, Louis and I are delighted we all really care about the show.

& # 39; We're here tonight to do a very special job. Special, because of you – the key workers here in the audience.

The youngsters were taken by William and Kate to a special pantomime performance at the London Palladium hosted by The National Lottery. This was held to thank key workers and their families for their phenomenal efforts this year

The youngsters were taken by William and Kate to a special pantomime performance at the London Palladium hosted by The National Lottery. This was held to thank key workers and their families for their phenomenal efforts this year

They grabbed their parents' hands and went to the theater, fascinated by the sight of an elf juggling snowballs

They grabbed their parents' hands and went to the theater, fascinated by the sight of an elf juggling snowballs

“This includes community workers, volunteers, teachers, NHS workers, emergency services and the military, researchers working on the vaccine, people helping the homeless, people staffing key call centers, and staff from a variety of frontline charities Front – to name a few but a few.

“You have done your best all year long and made remarkable sacrifices.

“Also your families, who I am sure they have seen far less of you than they would like. It's nice that you are all here tonight.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (left picture). Dubbed the celebration of pantomime, Pantoland features a wide variety of stars including singer Beverley Knight, dancer Ashley Banjo and Diversity, comedian and ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, actor Nigel Havers, singer Gary Wilmot, actor Charlie Stemp and Joseph star Jac Yarrow

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (left picture). Dubbed the celebration of pantomime, Pantoland features a wide variety of stars including singer Beverley Knight, dancer Ashley Banjo and Diversity, comedian and ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, actor Nigel Havers, singer Gary Wilmot, actor Charlie Stemp and Joseph star Jac Yarrow

“You are representative of the great number of people across the UK who have made a difference in so many crucial ways this year. The country owes you a great deal of thanks.

“I hope you all have a good time tonight. It is the least we can do to thank you for all that you do day in and day out to protect our country and to take care of those who need help most.

"From all of us – we wish you all a Merry Christmas!"

The Duke of Cambridge made a speech on the stage thanking the most important workers in Great Britain. He lovingly marked the death of Dame Barbara Windsor, a fitting tribute to her frequent appearances as a mime star

The Duke of Cambridge made a speech on the stage thanking the most important workers in Great Britain. He lovingly marked the death of Dame Barbara Windsor, a fitting tribute to her frequent appearances as a mime star

For much of William's speech, Louis focused on a large ball of glitter hanging from the ceiling above the main body of the auditorium, pointing up, and talking to Kate, 38.

When the Duke returned to the box, the seats shuffled quickly as William sat between his eldest son and daughter and Charlotte made an amusing gesture before they all settled down for the show.

Dubbed the celebration of pantomime, Pantoland features a wide variety of stars including singer Beverley Knight, dancer Ashley Banjo and Diversity, comedian and ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, actor Nigel Havers, singer Gary Wilmot, actor Charlie Stemp and Joseph star Jac Yarrow .

William told the audience, who sat in family groups with social distance between them, "It's wonderful to be back here in the West End and to see theaters reopen their doors ... Catherine, George, Charlotte, Louis and I are watching all really forward to the show

Louis sat on his mother's lap during the speech, concentrating on a large glitter ball that hung from the ceiling above the main part of the auditorium

William (left) told the audience, who sat in family groups with social distance between them, “It's wonderful to be back here in the West End and see theaters reopen their doors … Catherine, George, Charlotte, Louis and I really am all looking forward to the show. Louis (right) sat on his mother's lap during the speech and focused on a large glitter ball that hung from the ceiling above the main part of the auditorium

The family outing comes after the Duke and Duchess took a little Christmas tour on the Royal Train Tour to pay tribute to the incredible work of individuals and organizations that went out of their way to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

The trip was also intended to showcase the UK arts, heritage and live performance sector, which was devastated by the pandemic but was consistently supported by the government's £ 1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

The National Lottery is currently sponsoring mimes in 10 theaters across the country, helping them safely open their doors to the public by paying for the empty seats required for social distancing.

Yesterday's audience included key workers from across the capital, including NHS workers, delivery drivers, garbage collectors, rescue workers, charities and volunteers.

Nigel Railton, General Manager of National Lottery Operator Camelot, said: “We wanted to do something before Christmas to thank the most important people who are playing such an important role in this pandemic.

William said in his speech: “Before I go any further, I would like to pause and pay tribute to a true national treasure, Lady Barbara Windsor, who passed away so sadly last night. Pictured: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Dame Barbara Windsor in 2013

William said in his speech: “Before I go any further, I would like to pause and pay tribute to a true national treasure, Lady Barbara Windsor, who passed away so sadly last night. Pictured: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Dame Barbara Windsor in 2013

& # 39; We're really excited to host this special one-off performance of Pantoland with The London Palladium and Qdos Entertainment to hopefully lift the mood and say thank you to some of the key staff who protect us and make sure that our public services work and continue to support the vulnerable. Her work has never been so critical in these extraordinary times. & # 39;

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden was in the audience and during the break in the foyer, the royal couple in face masks had a quick chat about their Royal Train tour earlier this week, which featured acts funded by the Culture Recovery Fund at each stop.

"Thanks for all the help on the train ride," said William.

He and Kate also spoke to families who are working to help communities during the pandemic.

Dom Warren, 35, and his wife Alex, 33, of Hastings, East Sussex founded Dom's Food Mission five years ago to use excess food to feed families in difficulty. With the Covid-19 pandemic, demand has risen dramatically and they are currently providing families with 8,000 grocery packages per month.

The couple, helped by daughter Lexie, 11, and son Roman, 7, who both collect surplus food for charity, work seven days a week. All four spoke to the royal couple.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak to Dom Warren, founder of Doms Food Mission and his family during the performance

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak to Dom Warren, founder of Doms Food Mission and his family during the performance

William and Kate thanked them for their hard work, but William told Dom to take it easy. & # 39; Take care of yourself. You have to take care of yourself in the long term, because then you can take care of other people, ”said the future king.

After their conversation, Lexie and Roman said they enjoyed the show. "It's very cool," said Lexie.

Roman added, "It's funny."

When asked what the Cambridges thought of the show so far, Dom said, "They said they thought it was amazing."

He added that they had not discussed what George, Charlotte and Louis thought about it.

Introducing William on stage, Matt Ridsdale, Executive Director of National Lottery Operator Camelot, couldn't resist using one of the oldest panto lines.

"Since this is panto, I am very aware of who is behind me," he said.

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