On Friday evening, Prince William and Kate stole the show at pantomime by bringing along their three children. School’s out for Prince George and Princess Charlotte so their parents have taken them and little brother, Prince Louis, for some traditional British holiday entertainment on.
The little royals were treated to a performance of Pantoland starring Elaine Page and Julian Clary alongside Covid-19 hero bin men, NHS staff, delivery drivers and charity volunteers.
This marks the Cambridges’ first red carpet engagement as a family of five.
George and Charlotte, looking a little bit shy, arrived holding their dad William’s hand, while Louis was walking with mom Kate. At one point, confident Princess Charlotte decided to let go of Prince William’s hand. Although he tried to grab hers again, she decided to proceed alone.
Inside, during intermission, Prince William gave a speech and paid tribute to Britain’s key workers and to Dame Barbara Windsor describing the late actress as a “giant of the entertainment world” and a “legend on pantomime stages across the country”.
Louis sat on Kate’s lap perched on his mother’s lap, while George sat nonchalantly at the other end, and Charlotte in the middle chatted animatedly to Kate
William said: “Before I go on, I want to pause and pay tribute to a true national treasure, Dame Barbara Windsor, who so sadly passed away last night.
“She was a giant of the entertainment world, and of course a legend on pantomime stages across the country including here at the London Palladium.
“And I know we’ll all miss her hugely.”
The family’s night out was revealed on Prince William and Kate’s official social media accounts. They wrote: “The Duke and Duchess and their family attended a special pantomime performance of The National Lottery’s Pantoland at The Palladium, which was held to thank key workers and their families for their phenomenal efforts this year.
“Before the performance, The Duke delivered a short speech to thank those across the country for the sacrifices they have made to keep the country operating and to support their communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“During the interval, The Duke and Duchess also met a small number of key worker families to hear more about their experiences over the past year, before popping backstage to thank the cast and crew.”