Shakin’ Stevens performs festive hit for William and Kate and transport workers

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge received a rock and roll send-off for their country-wide tour by royal train when Shakin' Stevens performed.

Before William and Kate boarded the service, the singer, known for a string of hits in the 1980s, sang his festive smash-hit single Merry Christmas Everyone for the couple and a group of transport workers.

The track topped the charts during Christmas 1985 and was picked by the royal couple as the song they wanted to hear.

The duke and duchess, who wore face masks, set off on Sunday evening from London's Euston station on a 1,250-mile, three-day, tour, which will see them thank communities, outstanding individuals and key workers for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.

The first stop for the duke and duchess – who wore an Alexander McQueen coat and tartan scarf – has not been disclosed, but Stevens, whose real name is Michael Barratt, said his performance had been his first for royalty.

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Wearing a protective face covering to combat the spread of the coronavirus, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R), waves as she leaves after meeting volunteers who have supported elderly members of their local community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic at Batley Community Centre in northern England on December 7, 2020, on her first full day of engagements with Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, during their tour of the UK. - During their trip, their Royal Highnesses hope to pay tribute to individuals, organisations and initiatives across the country that have gone above and beyond to support their local communities this year. (Photo by Danny Lawson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DANNY LAWSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles as she leaves after visiting Cardiff Castle in Cardiff in south Wales, on December 8, 2020, on the final day of her engagements with Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge on their tour of the UK. - During their trip, their Royal Highnesses hope to pay tribute to individuals, organisations and initiatives across the country that have gone above and beyond to support their local communities this year. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge chat with Jasmine Warner, 5, (3rd L), who's brother Otto, 8, (L), has today come out of cancer treatment, with sister Poppy, 10, (4th L), and mother Georgie (2nd L), as they arrive at Bath Spa station in Bath, in south west England, for a visit to Cleve Court Care Home to pay tribute to the efforts of care home staff throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, on December 8, 2020, on the final day of engagements on their tour of the UK. - During their trip, their Royal Highnesses hope to pay tribute to individuals, organisations and initiatives across the country that have gone above and beyond to support their local communities this year. (Photo by Ben Birchall / POOL / AFP) (Photo by BEN BIRCHALL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Wearing a protective face coverings to combat the spread of the coronavirus, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, speak with residents during a visit to Cleve Court Care Home in Bath in south west England to pay tribute to the efforts of care home staff throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, on December 8, 2020, on the final day of engagements on their tour of the UK. - During their trip, their Royal Highnesses hope to pay tribute to individuals, organisations and initiatives across the country that have gone above and beyond to support their local communities this year. (Photo by Paul Grover / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PAUL GROVER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge disembark the Royal train as they arrive at Manchester Victoria station on their final stop of the day for a visit to FareShare in Manchester on December 7, 2020. - FareShare redistributes surplus food from food businesses to 11,000 charities and community groups including school breakfast clubs, community centres, homeless shelters and food banks. During their trip, their Royal Highnesses hope to pay tribute to individuals, organisations and initiatives across the country that have gone above and beyond to support their local communities this year. (Photo by PHIL NOBLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PHIL NOBLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Wearing protective face coverings to combat the spread of the coronavirus, Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (2L) listen to members of the Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra during a visit to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, west of London to pass on their thanks on behalf of the nation for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic, on December 8, 2020, on the final day of engagements on their tour of the UK. - During their trip, their Royal Highnesses hope to pay tribute to individuals, organisations and initiatives across the country that have gone above and beyond to support their local communities this year. (Photo by MATTHEW CHILDS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MATTHEW CHILDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (C), and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) arrive at Cardiff Castle in Cardiff in south Wales on December 8, 2020, on the final day of engagements on their tour of the UK. - During their trip, their Royal Highnesses hope to pay tribute to individuals, organisations and initiatives across the country that have gone above and beyond to support their local communities this year. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (2nd L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) meet NHS (National Health Service) staff during a visit to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, west of London to pass on their thanks on behalf of the nation for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic, on December 8, 2020, on the final day of engagements on their tour of the UK. - During their trip, their Royal Highnesses hope to pay tribute to individuals, organisations and initiatives across the country that have gone above and beyond to support their local communities this year. (Photo by MATTHEW CHILDS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MATTHEW CHILDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge disembark the Royal train as they arrive at Manchester Victoria station on their final stop of the day for a visit to FareShare in Manchester on December 7, 2020. - FareShare redistributes surplus food from food businesses to 11,000 charities and community groups including school breakfast clubs, community centres, homeless shelters and food banks. During their trip, their Royal Highnesses hope to pay tribute to individuals, organisations and initiatives across the country that have gone above and beyond to support their local communities this year. (Photo by PHIL NOBLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PHIL NOBLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William (R), Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine (C), Duchess of Cambridge meet staff at a food bank at Old Smithfields Market in Manchester on their final stop of the day during a visit to FareShare in Manchester on December 7, 2020. - FareShare redistributes surplus food from food businesses to 11,000 charities and community groups including school breakfast clubs, community centres, homeless shelters and food banks. During their trip, their Royal Highnesses hope to pay tribute to individuals, organisations and initiatives across the country that have gone above and beyond to support their local communities this year. (Photo by Geoff Pugh / POOL / AFP) (Photo by GEOFF PUGH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) meet schoolchildren at Holy Trinity Church of England First School in Berwick-Upon-Tweed, north-east England on December 7, 2020, on their first full day of engagements on their tour of the UK. - During their trip, their Royal Highnesses hope to pay tribute to individuals, organisations and initiatives across the country that have gone above and beyond to support their local communities this year. (Photo by Andy Commins / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ANDY COMMINS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 07: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Scottish Ambulance Service at Newbridge near Edinburgh as part of their working visits across the UK ahead of the Christmas holidays on December 7, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. During the tour William and Kate will visit communities, outstanding individuals and key workers to thank them for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Wattie Cheung - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 06: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge look on from the balcony at London Euston Station on December 06, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will embark on a three day tour aboard the Royal train to thank frontline staff and community workers in the UK. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 08: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge travel in their chauffeur driven Bentley car (with a motorcycle outrider of the Metropolitan Police Special Escort Group) to attend the National Service of Remembrance at The Cenotaph on November 8, 2020 in London, England. Remembrance Sunday services were substantially scaled back today due to the current restrictions on gatherings, intended to curb the spread of covid-19. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 06: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speak to transport workers at London Euston Station on December 06, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will embark on a three day tour aboard the Royal train to thank frontline staff and community workers in the UK. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 06: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge look at the departure board at London Euston Station on December 06, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will embark on a three day tour aboard the Royal train to thank frontline staff and community workers in the UK. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 06: Singer Shakin' Stevens performs for Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at London Euston Station on December 06, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will embark on a three day tour aboard the Royal train to thank frontline staff and community workers in the UK. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 06: Singer Shakin' Stevens performs for Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at London Euston Station on December 06, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will embark on a three day tour aboard the Royal train to thank frontline staff and community workers in the UK. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge speak to transport workers at London Euston Station in London, England on December 06, 2020. - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will embark on a three-day tour aboard the royal train to pay tribute to individuals, organisations and initiatives across the country that have gone above and beyond to support their local communities this year. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge look on from the balcony at London Euston Station in London, England on December 06, 2020. - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will embark on a three-day tour aboard the royal train to pay tribute to individuals, organisations and initiatives across the country that have gone above and beyond to support their local communities this year. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 07: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are met by Deputy Lord Lieutenant Sandra Cumming as they arrive by train at Edinburgh Waverley Station on the second day of a three-day tour across the country on December 7, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. During the tour William and Kate will visit communities, outstanding individuals and key workers to thank them for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Andy Barr-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 07: Piper Louise Marshall awaits the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Edinburgh Waverley Station on the second day of a three-day tour across the country on December 7, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. During the tour William and Kate will visit communities, outstanding individuals and key workers to thank them for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Andy Barr-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 07: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wave as they arrive by train at Edinburgh Waverley Station on the second day of a three-day tour across the country on December 7, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. During the tour William and Kate will visit communities, outstanding individuals and key workers to thank them for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Andy Barr-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 07: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are met by Deputy Lord Lieutenant Sandra Cumming and piper Louise Marshall (L) as they arrive by train at Edinburgh Waverley Station on the second day of a three-day tour across the country on December 7, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. During the tour William and Kate will visit communities, outstanding individuals and key workers to thank them for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Andy Barr-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 07: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Scottish Ambulance Service at Newbridge near Edinburgh as part of their working visits across the UK ahead of the Christmas holidays on December 7, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. During the tour William and Kate will visit communities, outstanding individuals and key workers to thank them for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Wattie Cheung - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 07: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit the Scottish Ambulance Service at Newbridge near Edinburgh as part of their working visits across the UK ahead of the Christmas holidays on December 7, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. During the tour William and Kate will visit communities, outstanding individuals and key workers to thank them for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Wattie Cheung - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge sit in the sunshine during a visit to Cardiff Castle in Cardiff in south Wales, on December 8, 2020, on the final day of engagements on their tour of the UK. - During their trip, their Royal Highnesses hope to pay tribute to individuals, organisations and initiatives across the country that have gone above and beyond to support their local communities this year. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS JACKSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William (C), Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine (R), Duchess of Cambridge walk with Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan Morfudd Meredith (L) as they arrive at Cardiff Central train station in Cardiff, South Wales on December 8, 2020, on the final day of engagements on their tour of the UK. - During their trip, their Royal Highnesses hope to pay tribute to individuals, organisations and initiatives across the country that have gone above and beyond to support their local communities this year. (Photo by Geoff Caddick / various sources / AFP) (Photo by GEOFF CADDICK/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William (R), Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine (C), Duchess of Cambridge meet staff at a food bank at Old Smithfields Market in Manchester on their final stop of the day during a visit to FareShare in Manchester on December 7, 2020. - FareShare redistributes surplus food from food businesses to 11,000 charities and community groups including school breakfast clubs, community centres, homeless shelters and food banks. During their trip, their Royal Highnesses hope to pay tribute to individuals, organisations and initiatives across the country that have gone above and beyond to support their local communities this year. (Photo by Geoff Pugh / POOL / AFP) (Photo by GEOFF PUGH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William (C), Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine (C left), Duchess of Cambridge pose for a photograph with members of Manchester Inspirational Voices at Old Smithfields Market in Manchester on their final stop of the day for a visit to FareShare in Manchester on December 7, 2020. - FareShare redistributes surplus food from food businesses to 11,000 charities and community groups including school breakfast clubs, community centres, homeless shelters and food banks. During their trip, their Royal Highnesses hope to pay tribute to individuals, organisations and initiatives across the country that have gone above and beyond to support their local communities this year. (Photo by Geoff Pugh / POOL / AFP) (Photo by GEOFF PUGH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge disembark the Royal train as they arrive at Manchester Victoria station on their final stop of the day for a visit to FareShare in Manchester on December 7, 2020. - FareShare redistributes surplus food from food businesses to 11,000 charities and community groups including school breakfast clubs, community centres, homeless shelters and food banks. During their trip, their Royal Highnesses hope to pay tribute to individuals, organisations and initiatives across the country that have gone above and beyond to support their local communities this year. (Photo by PHIL NOBLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PHIL NOBLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 07: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, listening to Manchester Inspirational Voices at Old Smithfields Market on the second day of a three-day tour across the country, on December 7, 2020 in Manchester, England. During the tour the royal couple will visit communities, outstanding individuals and key workers to thank them for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Geoff Pugh - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
BATLEY, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 07: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meet locals and pay tribute to the work of individuals and organisations that have gone above and beyond in response to the coronavirus pandemic, on December 7, 2020 in Batley, England. During the visit the royal couple met full time carer Len Gardner, 85, and his wife Shirley 84 in Batley, Yorkshire. Len is a carer for his wife Shirley, 84. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band play as Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C) talk with Len Gardner (R), a local resident during a visit to meet volunteers who have supported elderly members of their local community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in Batley, in northern England on December 7, 2020, on their first full day of engagements on their tour of the UK. - During their trip, their Royal Highnesses hope to pay tribute to individuals, organisations and initiatives across the country that have gone above and beyond to support their local communities this year. (Photo by ARTHUR EDWARDS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ARTHUR EDWARDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Wearing a protective face covering to combat the spread of the coronavirus, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, meets volunteers who have supported elderly members of their local community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic at Batley Community Centre in northern England on December 7, 2020, on her first full day of engagements with Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, during their tour of the UK. - During their trip, their Royal Highnesses hope to pay tribute to individuals, organisations and initiatives across the country that have gone above and beyond to support their local communities this year. (Photo by Danny Lawson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DANNY LAWSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (2nd L) meet schoolchildren at Holy Trinity Church of England First School in Berwick-Upon-Tweed, north-east England on December 7, 2020, on their first full day of engagements on their tour of the UK. - During their trip, their Royal Highnesses hope to pay tribute to individuals, organisations and initiatives across the country that have gone above and beyond to support their local communities this year. (Photo by Andy Commins / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ANDY COMMINS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge during an event to thank local volunteers and key workers in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle on December 8, 2020 in Windsor, England. (Photo by UK Press Pool/UK Press via Getty Images)
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The 72-year-old performer said: "I'm loving it, it was lovely to be invited."

He added that the couple were "certainly fans" of his festive hit, adding: "They picked it!"

Asked how he felt when he got the call asking him to perform, he said: "Absolutely hanging from the moon."

Commenting on William and Kate's decision to travel around the country thanking those who have made sacrifices this year, the singer said: "It's lovely to give back isn't it? It's nice to give back and they are leading the way.

"It needs something to cheer us up doesn't it? Because what we've got, we don't know how long it's going to go on for, so you have got to keep your pecker up."

Stevens was the biggest selling singles artist of the 1980s and his hits compilation Singled Out is currently at number 10 in the album charts.

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Welsh singers Shakin' Stevens and Bonnie Tyler performing at the Channel 4 Christmas Show, UK, 12th December 1983. (Photo by Rogers/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Welsh singer-songwriter Shakin' Stevens, UK, 7th November 1977. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Bill Haley & The Comets in concert. Shakin' Stevens performing on stage, 1st March 1974. (Photo by Bill Rowntree/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Timothy Whitnall (right), who will be playing the young Elvis Presley in a stage production of 'Elvis', pictured with his co-stars Shakin' Stevens (left) and P J Proby on the roof of the Duke of York Theatre in London, November 7th 1977. (Photo by David Ashdown/Keystone/Getty Images)
Left to right, Shakin Stevens, Joe Brown and Alvin Stardust taking a break from rehearsals at the Astoria Theatre. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Shakin' STEVENS (Photo by Suzie Gibbons/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of Shakin' STEVENS (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of Shakin' STEVENS; Performing live on stage (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
Shakin Stevens Performing Live At The Astoria, London 06/03/1980 (Sony Music Archive via Getty Images/Terry Lott)
Shakin Stevens Filming The Video Promo For 'This Ole House', London 01/01/1981 (Sony Music Archive via Getty Images/Terry Lott)
Shakin' Stevens, real name Michael Barratt (born 4 March 1948 in Ely, Cardiff, in Wales,) pictured at home with his many fan letters Shakin' Stevens is a platinum-selling Welsh rock and roll singer and songwriter who was the UK's biggest-selling singles artist of the 1980s. In 1981, Shakin' Stevens scored his first UK chart-topping number 1 with "This Ole House" and would follow up with 10 more songs reaching the top five, including three number 1 hits with "Green Door", "Oh Julie", and "Merry Christmas Everyone" Picture taken circa 1st July 1981. (Photo by Staff/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Shakin Stevens Filming The Video Promo For 'This Ole House', London 01/01/1981 (Sony Music Archive via Getty Images/Terry Lott)
Shakin' Stevens, real name Michael Barratt (born 4 March 1948 in Ely, Cardiff, in Wales,) pictured at home and doing one of his moves for the camera. Shakin' Stevens is a platinum-selling Welsh rock and roll singer and songwriter who was the UK's biggest-selling singles artist of the 1980s. In 1981, Shakin' Stevens scored his first UK chart-topping number 1 with "This Ole House" and would follow up with 10 more songs reaching the top five, including three number 1 hits with "Green Door", "Oh Julie", and "Merry Christmas Everyone" Picture taken circa 1st July 1981. (Photo by Staff/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Shakin' Stevens poses, receiving a bottle of champagne, at the Plaza Hotel in November 1982 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Jorgen Angel/Redferns)
Shakin' Stevens performs on stage in April 1983 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Jorgen Angel/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 01: ROYAL VARIETY SHOW Photo of Shakin' STEVENS (Photo by Stuart Mostyn/Redferns)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 14: Peter Kay and Shakin' Stevens on the set of Peter Kay's Comic Relief Single for Red Nose Day 2005, 'Is This The Way to Amarillo', in the studio on 14 February, 2005 in London. (Photo by Scott Wishart/Comic Relief/Getty Images)
Shakin Stevens leaves Coleford magistrates court Wednesday January 16 2002. The eighties pop idol was today banned from driving for two years after he admitted drink-driving. The star, who appeared under his real name Michael Barratt, was seen weaving across a road in his car in the village of Clearwell, Gloucestershire. He was stopped by police at 2.30am on January 1 after celebrating the New Year at a restaurant. (Photo by Barry Batchelor - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Singer Shakin' Stevens performs live on stage. (Photo by Andy Butterton - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 28: Shakin Stevens performs at the Glastonbury festival 2008 on June 28, 2008 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
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Merry Christmas Everyone was the fourth and last number one single for Stevens and has since remained a firm festive favourite.

Its release was delayed for a year to avoid clashing with Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas.

It is believed the trip is Kate's first official journey by royal train, despite having been a member of the monarchy for almost a decade, while the duke has used it a number of times.

William travelled on the train on the day of the funeral of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997, when he joined his father, brother and the Spencer family on the journey to the princess's ancestral home Althorp for her burial.

In 2003, he journeyed overnight on the train to Bangor with the Prince of Wales to carry out a day of engagements in North Wales ahead of his 21st birthday.

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