One Direction to Sing for the Queen
One Direction has sung for thousands and thousands of fans around the world, but now they've been invited to perform for one very special person: the Queen of England.
Like countless pop stars before them, including The Beatles and Lady Gaga, One Direction has been booked to sing on the Royal Variety Performance, an annual benefit concert that is always attended by members of Britain's royal family. Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Phillip will be in the audience for the November 19 show at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
According to the paper, One Direction is set to perform their new single "Little Things" at the show, which will also feature Alicia Keys and legendary singers Neil Diamond and Rod Stewart.
The concert marks the 100th anniversary of the Royal Variety Performance, which raises money for the Entertainment Artists' Benevolent Fund, a charity of which the Queen is a patron.
It remains to be seen if One Direction will make a cheeky comment at the event, as the Beatles did back in 1963. Looking out at the well-to-do crowd, John Lennon said famously, "For our last number I'd like to ask your help. Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelery..."