Excited Princess Charlotte steals the show in adorable pantomime performance

Princess Charlotte stole the show at the theatre tonight with a gutsy red carpet performance.

The Cambridge family were out in full force this evening for a special performance of Pantoland at the London Palladium.

As smart as her two princely brothers looked, Princess Charlotte was the star attraction.

As she walked down the red carpet in front of the central London theatre the five-year-old let go of her dad’s hand.

Her decision to go it alone on what was her first red carpet experience caught the eye of royal watchers.

Emily Andrews tweeted: “Love the way Charlotte is refusing to hold Daddy’s hand!”

Ash added: “Princess Charlotte is so chic.”

Inside the theatre Kate sat with her children as William delivered a speech to the assembled audience and cast.

As he did Louis was focused on a big glitter ball hanging from the ceiling above the main part of the auditorium, pointing upwards at it and talking to his mum, who was in an Alessandra Rich dress.

Louis perched on his mother’s lap, while George sat nonchalantly at the other end.

Charlotte positioned herself in the middle and chatted animatedly to Kate, leaning over to talk to her.

When William returned to the box, there was a swift shuffling of seats, as William came to sit between his eldest son and daughter.

During the slight commotion Charlotte performed a joking face palm as if her dad had embarrassed her.

Throughout the raucous performance the young royal reacted with delight and excitement.

At one point she lurched onto the edge of her chair and gripped the seat’s arms.

Later on she turned to big brother George and whispered conspiratorially.

The Pantoland performance, which starred Julian Clary and Elaine Page, was held to celebrate the efforts of those on the frontlines of the effort against the pandemic.

Hundreds of seats were gifted to key workers and their families, including NHS frontline staff, the Metropolitan Police Service, London Ambulance Service, the military, teachers, refuse collectors, delivery drivers, retail workers, staff from frontline lottery-funded community projects and a range of charities.

Ahead of the glamorous event venue owner Andrew Lloyd Webber added: “This year we all need the magic and cheer of Christmas more than ever.

“However, one group of people deserve special recognition: the challenges of 2020 have been immeasurably lessened by the dedication and sheer brilliance of this country’s key workers.

“This group of national heroes and their families have made countless sacrifices throughout 2020 and I am delighted that we are able to host this performance of Pantoland at The Palladium as a small token of our enormous thanks and admiration.”

Before the show began William took to the stage to pay tribute to screen legend Dame Barbara Windsor as “a giant of the entertainment world”.

Tuning the attention to the audience sitting in family groups with social distancing between them: “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.

“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.”