Earl and Countess of Wessex meet Royal Family photographer at variety show

The Earl and Countess of Wessex met a photographer who documented the Royal Family more than 50 years ago before the Royal Variety Performance was taped.

Edward and Sophie were greeted by former BBC photographer Joan Williams as they arrived at the Royal Albert Hall.

Sophie was dressed in a shimmering silver dress while Edward wore a classic tuxedo to the annual charity event, which is being held on site for only the fourth time.

Ms Williams resides at Brinsworth House, a retirement home for theater and entertainment professionals, supported by the Royal Variety Charity.

Edward and Sophie told her about her life in Brinsworth.

“Looks like you have a party every day,” Sophie told him.

Ms Williams said: “Most days. »

Speaking to the PA News Agency, Ms Williams said she had been awarded the post of photographer to the Royal Family for the 1969 BBC documentary The Royal Family after her male colleagues turned it down .

“My male colleagues said ‘ugh we don’t want to do that’.

“So I got it. And I must admit that I was never told what to do. I was asked to do what I wanted to do. »

She said the royal family had gotten used to her.

“They got used to me and I got used to them.

“It was really, really easy. »

Sophie then received a bouquet of flowers from Beatrice Ann Mansfield, 10, which had been picked from the gardens of Brinsworth House by its residents.

Edward received a program from the show by Sophie Colasanti, 11.

The Earl and Countess will be entertained by a cast of famous faces at this year’s show, including music from Nile Rogers & Chic, George Ezra, Ellie Goulding, Sam Ryder and Becky Hill.

The evening will also feature a duet by Rita Wilson and Gregory Porter.

As the England squad progress to the Round of 16 at the World Cup in Qatar, the evening will also see a rendition of the hit by Frank Skinner, David Baddiel and The Lightning Seeds’ Three Lions.

The Cabaret cast are set to perform at the charity event, and there will be a special collaboration between Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gary Barlow, Gareth Malone and members of the London Youth Choirs.

Cirque du Soleil will dazzle audiences with a performance of its latest show, Curious.

The Royal Family will also be entertained by comedy from Al Murray, Maisie Adam, Omid Djalili and Britain’s Got Talent winner Axel Blake.

The origins of the Royal Variety Performance date back to 1912, when King George V and Queen Mary agreed to attend a Royal Command performance at the Palace Theater in London, in aid of the Variety Artists’ Benevolent Fund.

The event is being held in aid of the Royal Variety Charity and the money raised from the show helps people in the entertainment world who need care and support.

The show will air on ITV and ITV Hub in December.

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