Sir Rod Stewart has shared the story of a touching encounter with the Queen ahead of the broadcast of his Royal Variety Show Performance next month. 

In an interview with the Radio Times, the Maggie May singer revealed that at an intimate charity event, he believes the Queen and her late husband Prince Phillip worried he might give them a rendition of one of his more risqué hits.

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He said: "At a charity event at St James’s Palace about seven years ago I had to get up and sing with a small band for Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh, who were sat ten yards away."

“I’ve never been so nervous.

"I think she thought she was going to have to come on and sing Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?

"Instead I did five songs from The Great American Songbook. Her face just lit up."

The Royal Variety Performance was filmed on November 18, 2021, and will air on ITV in December - exact date to be confirmed.

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Confirmed acts include singers Ed Sheeran and Anne-Marie as well as comedy performances from Bill Bailey and Josh Widdicombe.

National treasure and funnyman Alan Carr will host the show which will take place at the Royal Albert Hall.