Bette Midler cuts a laidback figure in West Hollywood after it was revealed she would be performing at King Charles’ Coronation
By MILLY VEITCH
16 April 2023
Bette Midler takes a stroll In L.A. post-coronation Announcement. She cut a casual figure on Saturday as she was spotted after it was revealed she would be performing at King Charles’ Coronation concert.
The American singer, 77, will allegedly fly over to the UK for the special live performance next month on Sunday, May, 7.
She toted a grey handbag on one shoulder and donned a black baseball cap on her head.
Her blonde tresses were swept up in a messy updo and she hid her eyes behind a pair of black sunglasses.
According to The Sun, Bette will star alongside Lionel Richie and Take That at the free concert for 10,000 people.
The booking will come as a relief for organisers, who are said to have struggled to book talent last-minute.
Speaking to the publication, a source said: ‘Although booking performers hasn’t been easy, due to busy schedules and the last minute nature of the gig, bosses are quietly confident that that a very special event is coming together.
‘Landing a Hollywood star like Bette is a real coup and she will add real old school glamour to the line-up. Bette is delighted to be taking part, she thinks it’s an honor.
‘Organisers are pulling out all the stops to give people a real spectacle, there’ll be something for everyone.’
Bette has a history with the royals, having performed in the Royal Variety Performance show twice previously, in 2009 and 2014.
Speaking about meeting the Queen she said: ‘When I was a kid I used to go to the public library I remember I was looking in the magazine and I saw a picture of a beautiful young girl kneeling down and getting a crown.
These black and white pictures made a big impression on me, I never recovered from it. I’ve been a fan of hers for years. I was nervous.’
Musical Guests Confirmed At This Writing:
- Bette Midler (I’m hoping for a set)
- Take That (hoping Robbie Williams and Jason Orange will return)
- Hall Of Famer Lionel Richie
- Katy Perru
- Italian opera tenor Andrea Bocelli
- Welsh bass-baritone opera singer Sir Bryn Terfel
- English singer-songwriter Freya Ridings
- Composer, producer and pianist Alexis Ffrench
- And more…
Where and how can I watch?
If you’re in Britain, you won’t have to look far. BBC, ITV and Sky News are all expected to televise the ceremony live. Other British and American television networks have yet to announce their plans, but for live coverage, including video and real-time analysis, nytimes.com is the only place to be.