One Direction added to Royal Variety Performance bill
- 31 October 2012
- From the section Entertainment
One Direction are to perform to the Queen after being added to the bill for the Royal Variety Performance.
The boy band join performers like Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue and Girls Aloud at the event, which is hosted by David Walliams.
The group will perform new single Little Things, written by Ed Sheeran.
The Queen will be accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh for the 100th anniversary of the event at the Royal Albert Hall on 19 November.
Also on the line-up are Rod Stewart, Neil Diamond and Alicia Keys, with the performance to be screened by ITV1 in December.
The performance will raise funds for the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund, helping to maintain its retirement and nursing home in Twickenham, London.
One Direction - made up of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson - finished third on The x Factor in 2010.
Earlier this month they made chart history in America for the second time in 2012, after scoring the fastest-selling track by a non-US artist ever.
They also became the first Brits to go in at the top of the Billboard chart with their debut album.