Ashleigh and Pudsey’s Royal Variety Performance

Queen Elizabeth II greets Ashleigh and her performing dog Pudsey after the Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London
Queen Elizabeth II greets Ashleigh and her performing dog Pudsey after the Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London

Wellingborough TV stars Ashleigh and Pudsey gave Her Majesty the Queen a truly memorable performance at the close of the Royal Variety Performance on Monday night.

TV star David Walliams flew down to the stage with a jet pack dressed as James Bond at this year’s Royal Variety Performance, set to be aired in early December.

The show ended with a Bond medley and featured Wellingborough duo Ashleigh and Pudsey doing a 007 theme.

Britain’s Got Talent star Ashleigh, 17, who took to the stage with her dog Pudsey, said of her performance: “It’s going to be very British, with a few surprises.

“It’s going to be very current as well.”

She said of her border collie bichon frise: “Pudsey hasn’t had a chance to mingle yet. He’s not a diva. I’m just trying to let him rest.

“In the morning my mum went ‘you do realise you’re meeting the Queen today’. I was like ‘thanks mum’. I’m really excited. It’s such an honour.

“He’s getting a cheeseburger as a treat. Not a whole burger, a burger cut into pieces.”

She said of meeting the Queen: “I’ll let the Queen do the talking. Pudsey has been practising his bows. Hopefully it will all go to plan.

“It might just look like he’s going to sleep. We’ll see.”

Funnyman Walliams hosted the programme, which also featured One Direction and Girls Aloud, on its landmark 100th anniversary.

As well as dressing up as Bond to mimic Sean Connery in Thunderball, Walliams’ wardrobe changes saw him appear as a teenage One Direction “superfan” and even Britain’s Got Talent dog Pudsey during the show, with comedian Alan Carr as trainer Ashleigh.

The show coincides with the 50th anniversary of the spy films.

To be broadcast on ITV1 next month, the show was filmed last night at the Royal Albert Hall in front of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Amanda Holden introduced Ashleigh Butler and pet pooch Pudsey and some of the other Britain’s Got Talent acts to the stage.

Speaking during rehearsals, she said: “It’s hilarious. You are wondering around backstage with gymnasts, dogs and sniffer dogs and massive security, Kylie Minogue, Jimmy Tarbuck, Bruce Forsyth and Harry Styles.

“You’re like ‘oh my god it’s like a dream, or a nightmare!’,” she joked.

“I had my picture taken with Bruce Forsyth, Ronnie Corbett and Jimmy Tarbuck, and I said ‘if you were a boyband what would you call yourselves?’ and Jimmy said ‘been there done that.’”

The Britain’s Got Talent judge said of the acts facing a royal audience: “I performed in front of the Queen in [the musical] Thoroughly Modern Millie.

“It’s just daunting and scary but a massive honour.”

Holden said of the Queen: “She’s a dog nut. Like the rest of Britain, she’s a massive animal lover. She loves her horses and she loves the dogs.

“If she could, that’s probably who she’d mostly spend time with.”

The show will be broadcast on ITV1 on December 3 at 7.30pm.