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Princess and the showgirl meet at Royal Variety

It was a first for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge but it was a one in a long line of performances for Dame Shirley Bassey.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Shirley Bassey meet. Credit: PA

The Royal couple were making their first appearance at the event, which was held at the London Palladium on Thursday.

The Duke and Duchess were greeted by Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber. Michael McIntyre hosted the show with performances from Shirley Bassey, Ed Sheeran and One Direction.

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Culture Club cancel Cardiff date in December

Pop group Culture Club have cancelled their forthcoming UK tour, which included a date at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena.

The band performing in London earlier this year Credit: John Rahim/EMPICS Entertainment

In a statement, the band said singer Boy George is suffering from a serious throat condition for which he is receiving treatment.

They were due to play the Cardiff date on December 4.

Jay James loses voice - will he make the live show?

Will Jay James of Saundersfoot make Saturday night's X-factor live show?

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He's set to sing a Queen classic in tomorrow night's Michael Jackson vs Queen. But he says he's lost his voice.

See more of Jay's X-Factor performances here

"Who's a pretty boy then!" - Comic saves music bar

Grumpy comic Rhod Gilbert has coughed up £3,000 to save a music bar in his home town. The Never Mind the Buzzcocks presenter handed over the cash to reopen The Parrot venue.

Funny man Gilbert gave £3,000 to the Parrot Bar. Credit: PA

Rhod chipped in to help meet the £10,000 target to save the music bar in Carmarthen, South Wales - and put a smile on the face of campaigners.

Rhod told them: "I wish you luck and can't emphasise how important places like that are. I know I don't need to tell you that as you clearly feel it too. Had Carmarthen had places when I was growing up I would have done something creative years earlier. So all power to you."

The Carmarthen venue needs to raise £10,000. Credit: yell.com

Rhod chipped in to help meet the £10,000 target to save the music bar in Carmarthen, South Wales - and put a smile on the face of campaigners.

Rhod told them: "I wish you luck and can't emphasise how important places like that are. I know I don't need to tell you that as you clearly feel it too.

"Had Carmarthen had places when I was growing up I would have done something creative years earlier. So all power to you."

The Parrot closed three months ago and campaigners are now over half way to raising the target to get it reopened. Spokesman Mark Howells said: "He spoke to us in depth about what we are doing and offered to chip in and help out.

"We've been on a high since he donated — the fact that someone of Rhod's stature has got involved has given us a lift and reassured us that we are doing this for the right reasons."

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