Peter Kay and Bette Midler meet Her Majesty the Queen

In pictures: How Blackpool dazzled for Royal Variety Show a decade ago

The stars lit up spectacularly when when the Royal Variety Show came to Blackpool in Decemeber 2009.

Millions at home watched the entertainment on the TV whilst 3,000 more packed into the Opera House for a real variety of performances. From Katherine Jenkins and Peter Kay to Diversity and Lady Gaga, they all graced the stage in front of their royal audience. It was such a coup for Blackpool. The show portrayed the resort at its finest, gaining millions of pounds in free international publicity. We look back at some of the pictures from the day.

Her Majesty the Queen arrives at the Winter Gardens for the Royal Variety Show in 2009
Her Majesty the Queen arrives at the Winter Gardens for the Royal Variety Show in 2009
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Two members of Diversity arriving for rehearsals
Two members of Diversity arriving for rehearsals
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The Queen meets guests at the Royal Variety Show in 2009
The Queen meets guests at the Royal Variety Show in 2009
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Frank Carson greets the Queen ahead of the show
Frank Carson greets the Queen ahead of the show
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