Kate Middeton's cousin invited to bring royal burlesque act back to New York in June – just in time for Queen's Diamond Jubilee
20:15 GMT, 16 March 2012
Katrina Darling, 21, the raunchy burlesque-dancing cousin of the Duchess of Cambridge has apparently impressed American fans more than she might have expected.
After Tuesday's triumphant 'God Save the Queen' show at Soho's Work in Progress, the cheeky Sunderland native has been invited to reprise her starring role on the nightclub's basement stage in June, just in time to coincide with the Queen's diamond jubilee festivities.
For the girl who had no idea she was even related to the Middletons and who had been performing the routine for years, the recent success and attention is indeed a 'happy coincidence'.
A royal salute: Katrina Darling, second cousin once removed to the Middleton sisters, performed her burlesque act last night at WiP in New York's Soho where she stripped almost completely nude
Racy: The 21-year-old named her show 'God Save the Queen' and wore appropriately provocative regalia mimicking the royal garb of the British monarch
Speaking to the Daily Beast she said: 'I think that’s kind of what made [the gossip] get a bit out of control. When I started messing around with the concept, it was just a joke.'
dark-haired buxom beauty, kicked off the set at WiP wearing a Union Jack
tied around her waist, a red sequined dress, some gold gloves and a playful, miniature crown perched just off-centre.
During the course of the night she stripped down to a red and gold bra and knickers with fur trim reminiscent of the coronation cloak the Queen wore in 1953 though clearly, a somewhat less modest re-imagination.
In a tantalising striptease the daring
dancer disrobed further until the only things covering her were a pair
of well placed red stickers. And of course, the crown.
Take a bow: Despite Miss Darling (left) exploiting her royal connections on stage, she has never met the Middletons and only discovered she was related when Kate and Prince William announced their engagement
'I take my clothes off,' she
explained to the New York Post in the run up to her US debut, 'but I
don’t give away anything that should be kept for someone else.'
Miss Darling, who makes her trade by day as a banker at Barclay's in London is not shy about her late night escapades and claims the team who work alongside her in the private wealth management division of the bank consider her second job a riot.
'Everybody is really supportive. The
English know how to laugh at themselves a bit more,' she explained ahead
of the show last night.
Naked ambition: The glamorous performer says her sideline job is just a bit of fun and her colleagues at Barclay's Bank where she works by day are supportive and entertained by her antics
Baring all: Miss Darling claims she's has no problem stripping off but leaves the most important parts covered
for her cousins, though God Save the Queen certainly makes for a handy
hook in America where Kate Middleton and the Royals are adored, the
provocative performer has never met them.
Lyle Derek, promoter of WiP told Metro World News: 'We invited her because first of all she’s
gorgeous. We feel that she’s such a true punk, we’re looking to get more
burlesque. It wasn’t just the angle of her being related to Kate