Kate Middleton's cousin debuts 'God Save the Queen' burlesque show in New York wearing a crown (and not much else)
By Victoria Wellman
Katrina Darling, the much-talked-about racy burlesque dancer who just happens to be second cousin once removed to the Middleton sisters, has officially arrived on the New York nightlife scene.
Last night the 21-year-old opened her 'God Save the Queen' act in the basement of a Soho nightclub wearing a red sequined dress, gold elbow-length gloves and a tiny crown.
But the playful headpiece perching just off-centre atop her head was the only thing remaining at the end of the show, save for a pair of royal pasties.
A royal salute: Katrina Darling, second cousin once removed to the Middleton sisters, performed her burlesque act last night at WiP in New York's Soho where she stripped almost completely nude
'I take my clothes off,' she explained to the New York Post in the run up to her US debut, 'but I don’t give away anything that should be kept for someone else.'
The dark-haired buxom beauty, kicked off the set at WiP with a Union Jack tied around her waist and the kind of cheeky glint in her eye you'd expect from someone who labels herself 'the royal family's closest brush with soft porn'.
Racy: The 21-year-old named her show 'God Save the Queen' and wore appropriately provocative regalia mimicking the royal garb of the British monarch
Baring all: Miss Darling claims she's has no problem stripping off but leaves the most important parts covered
During the course of the night she stripped down to a red and gold bra and knickers with fur trim reminiscent of the coronation cloak the Queen wore in 1953 though clearly, a somewhat less modest re-imagination.
In a tantalising striptease the daring dancer disrobed further until the only things covering her were a pair of well placed red stickers. And of course, the crown.
Miss Darling, who makes her trade by day as a banker at Barclay's in London is not shy about her late night escapades and claims the team who work alongside her in the private wealth management division of the bank consider her second job a riot.
Naked ambition: The glamorous performer says her sideline job is just a bit of fun and her colleagues at Barclay's Bank where she works by day are supportive and entertained by her antics
'Everybody is really supportive. The English know how to laugh at themselves a bit more,' she explained ahead of the show last night.
As for her cousins, though God Save the Queen certainly makes for a handy hook in America where Kate Middleton and the Royals are adored, the provocative performer has never met them.
In fact, explains promoter Lyle Derek of the club Work in Progress, she didn't even know she was related to them before Kate and Prince William were engaged.
Take a bow: Despite Miss Darling exploiting her royal connections on stage, she has never met the Middletons and only discovered she was related when Kate and Prince William announced their engagement
He told Metro World News: 'We invited her because first of all she’s gorgeous. We feel that she’s such a true punk, we’re looking to get more into burlesque. It wasn’t just the angle of her being related to Kate Middleton.'
And backing up Miss Darling's story added: 'Honestly… she found out about Kate Middleton from the press. She does not care; she just does her burlesque thing. She’s having fun, and the (relationship) is kind of a cute little after thought to her.'
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