Stars attend Dickens reception at Palace
15 February 2012 Last updated at 00:51 GMT
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have attend a performance of famous scenes from the works of Charles Dickens.
Film star and Burberry model Eddie Redmayne was among those who took to the stage to portray some of his most loved characters.
Later in the evening a reception was held at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the author's birth, as the BBC's Clive Myrie explains.