Reported in the News Letter on December 19, 1956: Panto star George Formby thrills Royal children


The Duke of Cornwall and Princess Anne joined in the singing of “Sitting on top of Blackpool Tower” and “Leaning on a Lamp-Post” when they went to a performance of the pantomime “Dick Whittingham” with the Queen and Princess Margaret at the Palace Theatre, London, yesterday.

Then George Formby played “When I’m cleaning windows” on his banjolele, and the Royal children beat time on the front of the box and joined in the whistling for the chorus.

The Royal visit coincided with George Formby’s first London pantomime.

The Queen wore a coat of royal blue velvet trimmed with white ermine and a white hat.

The Duke of Cornwall [Charles] was in a grey flannel suit with maroon coloured tie and Princess Anne was in red velvet. Princess Margaret, who was hatless, wore a fur coat.

Before the interval the Royal children joined enthusiastically in the pantomime song “Ta-Ta” under the “direction” of George Formby.

Crowds in Shaftesbury Avenue cheered the Royal party as they left.

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who was to have been present at the pantomime, was still suffering from an attack of influenza which confined her to her room in Clarence House last week.