Injured soldiers who had fought in Afghanistan have been stopped from attending a burlesque show by their Commanding Officer.
The soldiers had been invied to attend the burlusque show Crown Jewels: Best of British cabaret show by the charity Stubs, which helps the social reintegration of seriously injured soldier.
The charity had bought 25 tickets for the injured soldiers to the striptease show which is part of the part of the nine-day London Burlesque Festival but there will be no privates on parade for the British soldiers after their Commanding Officer, Group Captain Clare Walton, cancelled the group outing days before the show.
Amanda O’Farrell, the charity’s fundraising manager who also had arranged for the soldiers to meet the burlesque dancers said she had no choice but to respect the decision.
“The commanding officer just felt it wasn’t appropriate, which is a shame,” she said.
Legendary stripper Virginia Bell was one of the stars of 1950′s burlesque. Virginia was a topless model, actress and burlesque dancer. She stood only 5’2″ , but boasted a 46 inch bust, and was often billed as Virginia “Ding Dong” Bell.
For a more contemporary feel, these songs are suitable music to strip to.
“Nasty Naughty Boy” by Cristina Aguilera
“Fever (live)” by Michael Buble
“You Know I’m No Good” by Amy Winehouse
“Lady Marmalade” from Moulin Rouge Soundtrack
“Erotica” by Madonna
“Feeling Good.”by Michael Buble
“Lick “by Joi
“Ooops (Oh My)” by Tweet and Missy Elliot
“I’m A Slave for You” by Britney
One of the hottest burlesque performers at the moment is Katrina Darling cousin of Kate Middleton.
Katrina Darling is the second cousin twice removed of Kate and Pippa Middleton.
Not shy of cashing in on her tenuous royal connections she has been gaining a large following thanks to her God Save the Queen burlesque striptease routine which she says she designed to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
And the freaky burlesque star is about to get significantly more exposure as she is now Playboy magazine’s September cover girl.?
Despite her patriotism Katrina Darling says she would probably turn down an invitation to perform at Buckingham Palace.
‘I’m very confident but I don’t think I could do it in front of Royals. I’m too afraid they would blush at my moves.’ she says.
Katrina says she has never met the Middleton sisters and spent most of her life unaware of her connection to royalty. She didn’t discover the connection until after Kate Middleton and Prince William were engaged.
Katrina Darling and the Duchess of Cambridge, are connected through Katrina’s grandmother, Jane Darling, who is the sister of Middleton’s great-grandfather, Thomas Harrison. ?
Katrina told the New York Post that she’d be happy if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge came to see her perform, “but if they don’t, it’s not the end of the world.” As for an official statement from the Queen and Buckingham Palace, the New York Post wrote “A giggling royal rep had no comment on Darling or her burlesque act.”
Katrina’s provocative burlesque routine has upset some royalists and they have called for her to be punished. They consider her naughty striptease to be an act of treason. “Off with her head” they say. We say “off with the clothes!”