Royal Variety Performance 2022: Celebrities arrive at glitzy event

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Ellie Goulding showed off her chic sense of style as she led the celebrity arrivals for the Royal Variety Performance 2022 at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Thursday.

The singer, 35, caught the eye in an elegant black one-sleeve gown with cut out detail to one side to give a slight glimpse at her midriff and a thigh-high split.

She was joined by American actress Rita Wilson, 66, who dazzled in a copper-hued sequin dress and Becky Hill, 28, who donned a black mini dress with structured shoulders and a feathered hem, with all three stars set to sing at the event.

Pop star Ellie, who was seen leaving rehearsals earlier in the day, put on a leggy display as her ensemble featured a thigh-high split, while she opted for a pair of black platform heels to complete her look. 

She accessorised with some dazzling diamond earrings and wore lashings of make-up to highlight her pretty features, including a bold red lip.

American actress Rita, 66, cut a glamorous figure as she arrived at the venue, wearing a copper-hued sequinned dress with a plunging neckline. 

Fashion focus: Pop star Ellie, who is set to take to the stage at the event, put on a leggy display as the garment featured a thigh-high split, while she opted for a pair of black platform heels to complete her look

In style: Ellie caught the eye in a black ankle-length one-sleeve dress with cut out detail to one side to give a slight glimpse at her midriff

In style: Ellie caught the eye in a black ankle-length one-sleeve dress with cut out detail to one side to give a slight glimpse at her midriff

Completing the look: Ellie accessorised with some dazzling diamond earrings and wore lashings of make-up to highlight her pretty features, including a bold red lip

Completing the look: Ellie accessorised with some dazzling diamond earrings and wore lashings of make-up to highlight her pretty features, including a bold red lip

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The garment was cinched in and had ruched detail at the waist to accentuate her hourglass figure, with a length of material hanging down to the floor at the front.

She wore a pair of open-toed heels to add a few inches to her stature as she posed on the red carpet where she stood next to her performance partner Gregory, 51.

Becky donned a black mini dress with structured shoulders and a feathered hem as she posed on the red carpet. 

Glamour puss: American actress Rita, 66, cut a glamorous figure as she arrived at the venue, wearing a copper-hued sequinned dress with a plunging neckline

Glamour puss: American actress Rita, 66, cut a glamorous figure as she arrived at the venue, wearing a copper-hued sequinned dress with a plunging neckline

Friends in high places: Rita was seen smiling as she stood alongside her performance partner Gregory Porter, 51, who looked dapper in a grey suit

Friends in high places: Rita was seen smiling as she stood alongside her performance partner Gregory Porter, 51, who looked dapper in a grey suit

She boosted her height with a pair of black heels and accessorised with some heart-shaped sparkling earrings.

The star opted for a make-up palette of natural hues and wore her hair up in a high pony tail.

The trio were joined by this year’s Eurovision Song Contest winner Sam Ryder, 33, who finished in second place after Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. 

Completing the look: The star opted for a make-up palette of natural hues and wore her hair up in a high pony tailThe star opted for a make-up palette of natural hues and wore her hair up in a high pony tail

Completing the look: The star opted for a make-up palette of natural hues and wore her hair up in a high pony tailThe star opted for a make-up palette of natural hues and wore her hair up in a high pony tail

Catching the eye: Becky ensured she had the full attention of her audience as she wore a bright green mini dress and fishnet tights during her performance

Catching the eye: Becky ensured she had the full attention of her audience as she wore a bright green mini dress and fishnet tights during her performance

Putting on a show: The star put on an energetic display as she took to the stage with her dancers on the night

Putting on a show: The star put on an energetic display as she took to the stage with her dancers on the night

Star quality: Former glamour model Jackie St Clair cut a glamorous figure as she wore a gold metallic dress for the evening

Star quality: Former glamour model Jackie St Clair cut a glamorous figure as she wore a gold metallic dress for the evening

He dressed in black attire for the evening, adding a splash of colour to his outfit with some glitzy purple and pink sequinned lightning bolts on his jumper.

Spaceman hitmaker Sam, who is set to take to the stage during the performance, wore a pair of baggy black trousers to match his top and accessorised with a necklace which featured colourful heart-shaped beads. 

He completed his look by wearing a pair of comfortable black and grey trainers and was in good spirits as he flashed a smile on the red carpet. 

Royal couple: This year the Earl and Countess of Wessex are set to represent the Royal Family. In previous years it has been attended by the late Queen Elizabeth II and the now King Charles

Royal couple: This year the Earl and Countess of Wessex are set to represent the Royal Family. In previous years it has been attended by the late Queen Elizabeth II and the now King Charles

Regal: Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Forfar looked elegant in a floor-length gown with silver lace detailing and sheer sleeves

Regal: Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Forfar looked elegant in a floor-length gown with silver lace detailing and sheer sleeves

Chatting: Ellie spoke to The Countess of Wessex at the event

Chatting: Ellie spoke to The Countess of Wessex at the event

Happy: They seemed to be getting on well as they chatted away

Happy: They seemed to be getting on well as they chatted away

Stunning: Ellie looked sensational in a shimmering dress

Stunning: Ellie looked sensational in a shimmering dress

Best view: The Earl and Countess of Wessex were seen standing for the National Anthem ahead of the Royal Variety Performance as they stood in the Royal Box

Best view: The Earl and Countess of Wessex were seen standing for the National Anthem ahead of the Royal Variety Performance as they stood in the Royal Box

Full house: London's Royal Albert Hall was seen full to capacity with 5,272 people in attendance at the Royal Variety Performance this year

Full house: London’s Royal Albert Hall was seen full to capacity with 5,272 people in attendance at the Royal Variety Performance this year

Born to perform: Music will be delivered by world-renowned composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (centre), Take That singer Gary Barlow (left) and choirmaster Gareth Malone (right) who will be accompanied by members of London Youth Choi

Born to perform: Music will be delivered by world-renowned composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (centre), Take That singer Gary Barlow (left) and choirmaster Gareth Malone (right) who will be accompanied by members of London Youth Choi

Hitmaker: Sam, who finished in second place after Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, is set to perform at the event

Hitmaker: Sam, who finished in second place after Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, is set to perform at the event

Making music: Sam was seen playing the guitar during his performance while he had a violinist accompanying him on stage

Making music: Sam was seen playing the guitar during his performance while he had a violinist accompanying him on stage

In attendance: Simon Cowell was seen on stage at the Royal Variety Performance 2022

In attendance: Simon Cowell was seen on stage at the Royal Variety Performance 2022

Kiss! The Countess of Wessex meets Omid Djalili at the Royal Variety Performance

Kiss! The Countess of Wessex meets Omid Djalili at the Royal Variety Performance

Jokes: She smiled away as she met Al

Jokes: She smiled away as she met Al

Crew: The Earl of Wessex meets (left to right) Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gareth Malone, Gary Barlow and Ellie Goulding

Crew: The Earl of Wessex meets (left to right) Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gareth Malone, Gary Barlow and Ellie Goulding

Getting on: The group chatted away

Getting on: The group chatted away

Conversation: The Earl and Countess of Wessex meet Lee Mack, at the Royal Variety Performance

Conversation: The Earl and Countess of Wessex meet Lee Mack, at the Royal Variety Performance

Laughs: Gary looked in great spirits as the pair chatted away

Laughs: Gary looked in great spirits as the pair chatted away

Dapper: Lee looked smart in his tuxedo for the event

Dapper: Lee looked smart in his tuxedo for the event

This year the Earl and Countess of Wessex are set to represent the Royal Family. In previous years it has been attended by the late Queen Elizabeth II and the now King Charles.

The show is set to air on ITV1 and ITVX on December 20 and the event will be the first since the Queen died in September.

Lee Mack will host this year’s show, taking over from Alan Carr and will be held in aid of the Royal Variety Charity.

Success: This year's Britain's Got Talent winner, comedian Axel Blake, will deliver a stand-up routine as part of his prize for being voted the show's champion

Success: This year’s Britain’s Got Talent winner, comedian Axel Blake, will deliver a stand-up routine as part of his prize for being voted the show’s champion

The man: He looked confident as he later took to the stage

The man: He looked confident as he later took to the stage

The man: He looked confident as he later took to the stage

In addition to Sam, Nile Rodgers is set to perform along with his band Chic, while George Ezra and Becky Hill will also take to the stage.  

Rita and Gregory Porter will sing a duet and Frank Skinner, David Baddiel and The Lightning Seeds will perform the remake of their 1996 hit, Three Lions.

Meanwhile, this year’s Britain’s Got Talent winner, comedian Axel Blake, will deliver a stand-up routine as part of his prize for being voted the show’s champion.

Stand-out style: Axel wore a gold velvet dinner jacket with black lapels to match his bow tie, along with a crisp white shirt and black trousers for the evening

Stand-out style: Axel wore a gold velvet dinner jacket with black lapels to match his bow tie, along with a crisp white shirt and black trousers for the evening

Laugh a minute: Other comedian's taking to the stage include Omid Djalili

Al Murray as The Pub Landlord will also take a turn on the stage

Laugh a minute: Other comedian’s taking to the stage include Omid Djalili (left) Al Murray as The Pub Landlord (right), as well as Maisie Adam

Keeping the audience entertained: Al was seen cracking some jokes on stage during his stand-up performance

Keeping the audience entertained: Al was seen cracking some jokes on stage during his stand-up performance

Larking about: Lee Mack cut a dapper figure in a black dinner suit and matching bow tie which he teamed with a crisp white shirt, with the comedian striking an amusing pose on the red carpet

Larking about: Lee Mack cut a dapper figure in a black dinner suit and matching bow tie which he teamed with a crisp white shirt, with the comedian striking an amusing pose on the red carpet

Star: The Countess of Wessex meets George Ezra at the Royal Variety Performance

Star: The Countess of Wessex meets George Ezra at the Royal Variety Performance

Jokers: Lee was seen messing about with fellow comedian Maisie Adam on the red carpet, with Maisie wearing a glittered black dress and a pair of black high-heeled boots

Jokers: Lee was seen messing about with fellow comedian Maisie Adam on the red carpet, with Maisie wearing a glittered black dress and a pair of black high-heeled boots

Glam: The Countess of Wessex meets Rita Wilson at the Royal Variety Performance

Glam: The Countess of Wessex meets Rita Wilson at the Royal Variety Performance

Smart: Gary Barlow wore a red velvet suit as he chatted to royalty

Smart: Gary Barlow wore a red velvet suit as he chatted to royalty

Other comedian’s taking to the stage include Al Murray, Maisie Adam and Omid Djalili.

Additional music will be delivered by world-renowned composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, Take That singer Gary Barlow and choirmaster Gareth Malone who will be accompanied by members of London Youth Choir.

The cast of the musical Caberet will also take to the stage while Disney’s Newsies have a performance slot with a song from their Tony award-winning musical which opens in London this month. 

Dazzling: Fatma Said, 31, cut a very glamorous figure as she arrived at the bash, wearing a salmon-hued gown with ruffled detail across the front

Dazzling: Fatma Said, 31, cut a very glamorous figure as she arrived at the bash, wearing a salmon-hued gown with ruffled detail across the front

Strike a pose: The soprano's garment reached right down to the ground and featured a princess-style train which trailed across the floor behind her

Strike a pose: The soprano’s garment reached right down to the ground and featured a princess-style train which trailed across the floor behind her

Elsewhere, Cirque Du Soleil, German magic duo The Ehrlich Brothers, the cast of Giffords Circus will perform, while there will be classical music from soprano Fatma Said.

Fatma, 31, cut a very glamorous figure as she arrived at the bash, wearing a salmon-hued gown with ruffled detail across the front.

The garment reached right down to the ground and featured a princess-style train which trailed across the floor behind her. 

Hitmaker: Nile Rodgers wore a smart maroon suit which he teamed with a pink shirt which featured white collars and cuffs

Hitmaker: Nile Rodgers wore a smart maroon suit which he teamed with a pink shirt which featured white collars and cuffs

In good spirits: He later took to the stage to perform

In good spirits: He later took to the stage to perform

Show: Lee Mack, Nile Rodgers, David Baddiel, Al Murray, Maisy Adam and Frank Skinner performed together

Show: Lee Mack, Nile Rodgers, David Baddiel, Al Murray, Maisy Adam and Frank Skinner performed together

Entertainment: The cast of Newsies later took to the stage

Entertainment: The cast of Newsies later took to the stage

Nile Rodgers wore a smart maroon suit which he teamed with a pink shirt which featured white collars and cuffs.

The American star, 70, was in good spirits as he posed on the red carpet ahead of his performance at the event. 

The Royal Variety Performance will air on Tuesday December 20 between 8.00 pm – 10.30 pm on ITV1.

Good spirits: The American star, 70, was in good spirits as he posed on the red carpet ahead of his performance at the event

Good spirits: The American star, 70, was in good spirits as he posed on the red carpet ahead of his performance at the event



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