Queen takes tips from talent show winner

Queen Elizabeth meets Ashleigh and Pudsey after the Royal Variety Performance
Queen Elizabeth meets Ashleigh and Pudsey after the Royal Variety Performance

Britain’s Got Talent winner Ashleigh Butler was asked about the secrets of her success by the Queen following a blockbusting performance at the Royal Variety Show.

Ashleigh and pet pooch Pudsey performed a routine live on stage in front of a packed Royal Albert Hall on Monday night.

The 17-year-old and her pet dog wowed the audience with their trick act and went on to meet the Queen.

Ashleigh, who is from Wellingborough, said: “I met the Queen and said hello.

“She spoke to me and said you’re ‘from that show’.

“I said yes, Britain’s Got Talent, and she then asked me what sort of advice, or tips I have to teach Pudsey the tricks.

“I said the key was lots of food and hard work.”

Comedian David Walliams presented this year’s show and entered the stage dressed as James Bond strapped to a jet pack.

Ashleigh and Pudsey joined in with the finale of the show, performing their 007-themed dog act as part of a James Bond medley.

The show coincides with the 50th anniversary of the spy films and a host of stars performed on the night, including chart toppers Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue and One Direction.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh watched on from the crowd and Ashleigh said the whole experience had been amazing.

She said: “It was all really surreal. I mean it was pretty amazing to be backstage with people like Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue.

“It was a real honour to perform in front of the Queen and take part in such a big show.”

The Wellingborough girl added that performing in front of royalty had topped off a fantastic year, as her dog act has taken her and Pudsey to some amazing places.

Ashleigh and Pudsey will now be ending the year performing in a Dick Whittington pantomime in Woking – she is playing Alice, Dick’s sweetheart, and Pudsey will be the love interest of Dick Whittington’s cat.

The teenager has started rehearsals and the pantomime will begin on December 7.

The Royal Variety Performance will be broadcast on ITV1 on Monday, December 3, at 7.30pm