Kate Middleton"s cousin Katrina Darling wears a crown (and not much else) at Playboy cover party

What would the Duchess of Cambridge make of that tiara Kate's cousin Katrina Darling wears a bling crown (and not much else) at party to celebrate Playboy cover

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16:20 GMT, 6 September 2012

She only discovered last year that she's distantly related to Kate Middleton and has never met her famous cousin. But thanks to Katrina Darling's Royal connection, she's now become a Playboy cover girl.

The burlesque dancer was paid a six figure figure sum to strip off for the adult magazine and celebrated the edition going on sale this week with a special performance in New York.

At the party at Demi Monde Club, the 22-year-old from Sunderland donned a slinky silver dress and glittery tiara in a somewhat gaudy homage to the Statue of Liberty.

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Lady Liberty: Katrina Darling poses as the Statue of Liberty before eating the flame as part of her burlesque act

Lady Liberty: Katrina Darling poses as the Statue of Liberty before eating the flame as part of her burlesque act

Lady Liberty: Katrina Darling poses as the Statue of Liberty before eating the flame as part of her burlesque act

Uncovered: The dancer starts to disrobe at the party to celebrate to her appearance in Playboy magazine

Uncovered: The dancer starts to disrobe at the party to celebrate to her appearance in Playboy magazine

Striptease: The dancer starts to disrobe at the party to celebrate to her appearance in Playboy magazine

Queen of bling: The burlesque dancer paid homage to the Statue of Liberty with her sparkly crown and torch having moved to New York following her rise to fame

Queen of bling: The burlesque dancer paid homage to the Statue of Liberty with her sparkly crown and torch as she stripped off to reveal silver lingerie

Her very bling crown is unlike
anything the Duchess of Cambridge is likely to be seen in when she
becomes Queen when her husband William takes the throne.

After
showing off her fire-eating skills, Darling then disrobed to reveal
silver lingerie and then stripped off even further till she had nothing
but a thong and nipple tassles to cover her modesty.

The former employee of Barclays bank moved her act to New York after discovering she's the Duchess of
Cambridge's second cousin once removed (Miss Darling’s grandmother is
sister to the duchess’s great grandfather Thomas Harrison).

American woman: Darling performed her routine to the rock song in a tribute to the country where she currently resides

American woman: Darling performed her routine to the rock song in a tribute to the country where she currently resides

What would cousin Kate say The Duchess' cousin performs another fire-eating trick, this time in her underwear

What would cousin Kate say The Duchess' cousin performs another fire-eating trick, this time in her underwear

What would cousin Kate say The Duchess' cousin performs another fire-eating trick, this time in her underwear

Royal connection: The 22-year-old has risen to fame after discovering her link to the Duchess of Cambridge

Royal connection: The 22-year-old has risen to fame after discovering her link to the Duchess of Cambridge and has something in common with Prince Harry who was pictured naked recently

Royal connection: The 22-year-old has risen to fame after discovering her link to the Duchess of Cambridge

Cover girl: She was paid a six figure sum to pose for this month's Playboy magazine

Cover girl: She was paid a six figure sum to pose for this month's Playboy magazine

Darling has previously
capitalised on her Royal link by doing a burlesque song and dance
routine to God Save the Queen during the monarch's diamond jubilee.

For last night's show, she danced to the rock song American Woman in a further tribute to the country where she performed.

She
appears on the cover of September's Playboy magazine where she she
billed as a 'Royal beauty' and 'Britain's new burlesque Queen.' Inside
the magazine she appears in an eight page spread including a sultry topless pose on a sheepskin rug.

Her performance at Demi Monde was to mark the magazine's release as it hit news stands this week.

While it's not known if the Duchess of Cambridge approves of her cousin's vocation, Prince Harry must be breathing a sign of relief that it's now Darling's naked pictures appearing on the internet instead of his own following his wild holiday in Vegas.

The prince was condemned for his behaviour but has found sympathy with Darling who said she thought there was nothing wrong with his conduct.

'After seeing the images of Prince
Harry naked online I was shocked that the public were surprised that
there is a young man having fun, partying and being comfortable with his
body,' she told E! News.

Body art: Darling has a number of tattoos on her arms and legs

Body art: Darling has a number of tattoos on her arms and legs

Body art: Darling has a number of tattoos on her arms and legs which were not on show on the Playboy cover

'He didn't choose to be a role model, he's human and living a life that most can only dream of,' she added.

Darling's
cousin Pippa Middleton is in New York this week for meetings about her
new book but is also yet to met her cousin who currently resides in the
city.

VIDEO: Watch the State of Liberty burlesque show for yourself…

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