Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are still recovering from their fast-paced Commonwealth tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, but it seems their November calendars are already starting to fill up. The couple is set to make their debut at the glitzy Royal Variety Performance at London Palladium, where Meghan can dress her blossoming bump in a beautiful gown. Though Kensington Palace has not confirmed which royals are attending the annual celebration on Nov. 19, one of the evening's performers let the Sussexes' plans slip.
Comedian Rob Woodward spilled the beans on Twitter. "Delighted and honoured to say that I’ll be making a return visit to The Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium on 19 November in the presence of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle," he wrote. "Looks like a great bill too – mine’s the only name I’ve never heard of… Dilly! Dilly!" The fun-filled affair boasts performances by an array of talented stars as well as the winners of Britain's Got Talent 2018, like Lee Ridley, who went by the name of Lost Voice Guy. There will be quite a roster of other acts included in the glamorous evening, like Andrea Bocelli (who sang at Princess Eugenie's wedding!) and his son Mateo, British pop group Take That, electronic band Clean Bandit and singer-songwriter George Ezra. Like one of the most exciting parts of the evening for Meghan will be an act by the West End cast of the hit musical Hamilton, which she's seen three times on stage!
These performers follow up a rich history of musical acts that have performed at the event, including the likes of Hollywood legends Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Sammy Davis Junior and Bob Hope, acting greats like Marlene Dietrich and Dame Julie Andrews led the cast in singing God Save the King at the 1948 performance when she was only 13 years old. Celebrated female vocalists like the late Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Lady Gaga, Adele, Cher, Dame Shirley Bassey, Liza Minnelli, Kylie Minogue and Jennifer Lopez have all performed at the Royal Variety Performance, too.
Royal watchers will be delighted to see the pregnant royal clad in another evening look. Meghan floored fans while on tour in a number of show-stopping gowns, from her Oscar de la Renta princess moment in Australia to the Fijian blue caped Safiyaa number that dazzled in the South Pacific country. The 37-year-old could surely have a tête-à-tête with her sister-in-law, Duchess Kate, who has attended the star-studded celebration while pregnant on two occasions - once while carrying Princess Charlotte in 2014 and again in 2017 when she was expecting Prince Louis.
Every year, over 152 million people tune in to watch the extravaganza on TV. The year of 1912 marked the very first time the show was put on, and it aided the Variety Artistes' Benevolent Fund to raise funds for Brinsworth House, a home for elderly entertainers in London. King George V became Patron of the Fund in 1921 – the fund is now known as the Royal Variety Charity. From then on, a senior member of the Royal Family has attended the show every year to support the cause. Five years later, in 1926, the annual show was broadcast on BBC radio for the first time because demand for tickets was so great. It was televised for the first time in 1960.
Another special celebration will see the couple dressed to impress on Nov. 14 - the Queen's glitzy dinner and reception in honour of Prince Charles' 70th birthday, which takes place on his big day. Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark are among the European royals who will descend on London for the glamorous affair, and Meghan is sure to debut another gorgeous formal look.
But first, the Sussexes are expected to reunite with the Cambridges at the Festival of Remembrance Service on Nov. 10. The event pays tribute to soldiers who have lost their lives in battle, and this year is particularly poignant as it marks 100 years since the First World War. Members of the Royal Family are regulars at the event, hosted each year at Royal Albert Hall, and for the past three years Prince William and Kate have been the guests of honour at the festival, where the mother of three always turns up in an elegant black ensemble with a poppy on her lapel.