Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, was among the audience as cardiac charity Heartbeat celebrated its 30th anniversary with a musicals extravaganza.

Her Royal Highness attended the show, at Mayflower Theatre, in her role as patron of the Southampton-based charity. 

She was joined by familiar faces from Heartbeat's three decades serving the region, including former patients, members of the cardiac team at the Wessex Cardiac Centre, and loyal supporters.

Daily Echo: Her Royal Highness meeting the  show’s hosts Lou Hannon and Earl Carpenter

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The hotly anticipated event was hosted and produced by renowned Broadway and West End performer Earl Carpenter and co-hosted by BBC Radio Solent broadcaster Lou Hannon.

It starred Hampshire performers Holly-Anne Hull, Lauren Byrne and Harry Chandler with a host of well-known songs from the musicals to the backdrop of music from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra players. 

Earl Carpenter told the Daily Echo: "What a night! We are all delighted with the performances and it was wonderful to get so many old and new friends to get together for an evening of excellent music and for such a good cause."

Daily Echo: Her Royal Highness meeting Heatbeat’s Mark Ind, Tina Richardson, and Tina Tolley