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1951, London Victoria Palace

victoria palace
29th October, 1951
Victoria Palace Theatre, London

The audience was in for a surprise this year when the Royal Party arrived, for along with the Queen and Princess Margaret were nurses Ruth Beswetherick and Doreen Pearce, who had been nursing King George VI through his recent illness. His Majesty was too ill to attend the Victoria Palace but as the Queen told an enquiring Bud Flanagan: "He is going on very nicely, thank you." And when told how sorry everyone was that His Majesty couldn't attend, the Queen replied, " So is he, but he is listening in." Richard Murdoch and Kenneth Horne appropriately sang, "We're very sorry someone isn't here today and here's a special message that we'd like the band to play" followed by "Here's a health unto His Majesty."


ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE

Held in the presence of
HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH
accompanied by PRINCESS MARGARET

Presented by: Jack Hylton
Musical Director: Freddie Bretherton
Stage Director: Alec Shanks

the gang AND monsewer eddie gray

the cavendish singers, the john tiller girls, erica yorke, the victoria palace girls, the marie de vere dancers

vera lynn
harry secombe

the wiere brothers

stanley black AND THE DANCE ORCHESTRA, TONY FAYNE, DAVID EVANS, RICHARD MURDOCH, KENNETH HORNE, ARTHUR ENGLISH, SALLY ANN HOWES, JIMMY EDWARDS, FLORENCE DESMOND

NORMAN EVANS

ALAN AND BLANCHE LUND, THE VICTORIA PALACE GIRLS, PEARL PRIMUS and HER COMPANY, HOOPS - THE BOYS, JOAQUIN PEREZ FERNANDEZ AND HIS LATIN-AMERICAN COMPANY

THE MARY DE VERE DANCERS, JOHNNY HUTCH AND THE SEVEN VOLANTS, SAM BROWNE AND HIS SINGERS, THE KEYBOARD QUINTETTE, CARROLL GIBBONS, BILLY THORBURN, IVOR MORETON AND DAVE KAYE, CHARLIE KUNZ, PATRICIA MORISON.

BARBARA BRUCE, NERVO & KNOX, NAUGHTON & GOLD, BUD FLANAGAN

MIKLOS GAFNI, VERA LYNN & MICHAEL DALTON

FRANCES DAY, FLORENCE DESMOND, SALLY ANN HOWES, ADELAIDE HALL, SYLVIA PETERS, CAROLE LYNNE, VALERIE TANDY, ANONA WINN, CHESNEY ALLEN, BUD FLANAGAN, JIMMY GOLD, EDDIE GRAY, TEDDY KNOX, CHARLIE NAUGHTON, JIMMY NERVO, RICHARD MURDOCH, GRACIE FIELDS, GEORGE MITCHELL CHOIR.

JACK RADCLIFFE

CICELY COURTNEIDGE

FLANAGAN & ALLEN


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1951

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