Duchess of Kent visits backstage with Shirley Bassey, Jack Benny and George Burns
Bassey, Benny, Burns and Beauty: London: Following the Royal Variety performance at the Prince of Wales Theater in London on November 6, 1961, members of the British Royal Family, including the Duchess of Kent (R), visited backstage. Here, singer Shirley Bassey and comedians Jack Benny and George Burns (left to right) meet the Duchess. (UPI Photo/Files)
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