Camilla's the woman in white at royal gala

Camilla Parker Bowles was the woman in white tonight at the premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical.

Camilla Parker Bowles was the woman in white tonight at the premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical.

She joined Prince Charles for the royal gala performance of the £4m (€5.9m) adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ Victorian thriller starring Michael Crawford.

Suitably dressed to match the show’s title, Charles’ companion wore a floaty white silk Paddy Campbell evening dress embroidered with a turquoise and gold paisley pattern to the black tie do in aid of the Prince’s Trust.

Security was tight for Charles’ royal engagement in the wake of the breach at Buckingham Palace today when a Fathers 4 Justice protester scaled the royal residence to demonstrate on a ledge.

In The Woman In White, Crawford plays the Italian villain Count Fosco and Maria Friedman is the heroine Marian.

The score is by Lloyd Webber and the musical is directed by Sir Trevor Nunn.

It is Crawford’s first return to the West End for 18 years.

He last appeared in Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera in 1986.

Among the guests attending were actor Simon Callow, Duncan from boy band Blue and chat show host Michael Parkinson.

British youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps young people overcome difficulties through training, mentoring and financial assistance. Charles and Camilla met Lloyd Webber in the foyer of the Palace Theatre in London.

“The prince said he hopes it goes all right and I said ‘I hope so too’, “ the composer said.

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