Wednesday 25 April 2018

When Kate Middleton (and bump) met Harry Styles at the Royal Variety show

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets boy band One Direction at The Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets boy band One Direction at The Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium
The Duchess of Cambridge meeting Harry Styles of One Direction as Simon Cowell looks on at the end of the Royal Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for The Royal Variety Performance
One Direction (L-R) Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles attend The Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium
The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at the Royal Variety Performance in support of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund, at the Palladium Theatre
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for The Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge departs after attending The Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend The Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Kate Middleton stole the show at last night's Royal Variety Performance.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped in for Queen Elizabeth II as guests of honour at last night's Royal Variety Performance at London Palladium and, as expected, all eyes were on the expectant Duchess.

The Duchess of Cambridge meeting Harry Styles of One Direction as Simon Cowell looks on at the end of the Royal Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre
The Duchess of Cambridge meeting Harry Styles of One Direction as Simon Cowell looks on at the end of the Royal Variety Performance at the Palladium Theatre

The royal couple watched the performance for the first time and took time to shake hands with each performer, including Mullingar native Niall Horan and Harry Styles of One Direction, before taking to their seats.

Read more: ‘Finally something I can do while pregnant’: Kate Middleton shows off razor-sharp reflexes in agility test 

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for The Royal Variety Performance
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives for The Royal Variety Performance

1D ignored the black tie dress code and instead opted for matching black skinny jeans (yes, all five of them) and black blazers, except for young Mick Jagger, who wore a button down black shirt and leopard print jacket.

Harry later added that he wished Kate well on her second pregnancy, saying: "I said congratulations on the bump... she 'didn't look bumpy'.

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It's not the boys' first royal introduction as they previously performed there for the Queen in 2012.

The Duchess wore a recycled black lace Diane Von Furstenberg dress, which showed off her tiny baby bump.

Read more: Prince George 'to join Prince William and Kate Middleton' on proposed New York trip

One Direction (L-R) Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles attend The Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium
One Direction (L-R) Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles attend The Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium

Ellie Goulding, Ed Sheeran, One Direction and Bette Midler were among those performing at last night's show, as did comedian Jack Whitehall, wjo attended school with Kate and joked that his mother believes she's the "one that got away."

"She'll be doing it tonight, she'll be watching the Royal Variety show and I know what she'll be saying. She'll be like:, 'Oh look, there he is. The black sheep of the family, embarrassing himself in front of the one that got away.''

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend The Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend The Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium

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