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Prince George, Princess Charlotte & Prince Louis Attend the Pantomime

The three youngest Cambridge's were joined by their parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to attend a special pantomime in London's West End.

DECEMBER 11th, 2020

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rince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were given a early Christmas treat this evening as they attended a special pantomime in London’s West End. Accompanied by their parents, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the adorable family made their official debut at a public engagement.

The pantomime, named ‘Pantoland’, was held in honour of key workers and their families for the unbelievable efforts in protecting the British public this year in the midst of the pandemic. Hosted by The National Lottery, the Cambridges walked the red carpet, with Prince George and Princess Charlotte holding their father’s hands and Prince Louis holding his mothers.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the 'Pantoland' pantomime this evening with their children. - © KensingtonRoyal/Instagram

Kate laughs alongside Prince George and Princess Charlotte. - © PA

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis walk the red carpet at the pantomime in London's West End - © PA

Little Louis looked smart in a blue cardigan previously worn by his older brother, Prince George, who looked very grown up in a stripped jumper. Princess Charlotte wore a grey and black tartan dress, happily walking on her own, though sweetly hugging Prince William’s leg as they stopped to speak to an official.

Inside the London Palladium – where the pantomime took place – the family partook in a game of musical chairs, before Prince William delivered a speech on stage thanking NHS staff and key workers. William also poignantly acknowledge the death of Dame Barbara Windsor saying: “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.”

Speaking to the audience, who were all sitting in socially distanced family groups: “It's wonderful to be back here in the West End and see theatres reopening their doors,” William said. “Catherine, George, Charlotte, Louis and I are all really looking forward to the show.

“We are here tonight for a very special performance. Special, because of you – the key workers here in the audience. You include community workers, volunteers, teachers, NHS staff, representatives from the emergency services and military, researchers working on the vaccine, people helping the homeless, those manning vital call centres, and staff from a wide range of frontline charities – to name but a few.

“You have given your absolute all this year, and made remarkable sacrifices. So too have your families, who I'm sure have seen far less of you than they would have liked. It's lovely that you are all here together tonight.”

The Duke and Duchess pictured with their children watching the pantomime. - © PA

Kate sat with Louis on her lap and George and Charlotte as Prince William delivered his speech. - © PA

Princess Charlotte burys her head into his mother, much to the amusement of the Duchess of Cambridge. - © PA

Princess Charlotte speaks with her older brother Prince George. - © PA

William continued: “You are representative of the huge number of people across the UK who have stepped forward to make a difference this year in so many crucial ways. The country owes you a huge debt of gratitude.

“I hope you all thoroughly enjoy yourselves this evening. It is the least we could do to thank you for everything you do – day in, day out – to keep our country safe and look after those who need help the most.

“From all of us - we wish you all a very Happy Christmas!”

As Prince William delivered his speech, Kate – with Louis sitting on her lap –Charlotte and George watched on from the Royal Box; the first time the three youngest Cambridge’s had ever been inside it. Prince Louis’ attention however was elsewhere as his father spoke, instead pointing to a large glitter ball and sucking his thumb throughout.

In the intermission, the Duke and Duchess met with performers and later in the foyer, the royal couple spoke with audience members involved in supporting their communities during the pandemic.

Lexie, 11 and Roman Warren, 7, who along with their parents Dom and Alex from Hastings in East Sussex spoke with William and Kate about their initiative ‘Dom’s Food Mission’ and how they use surplus food to help feed struggling families.

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