Ellie Goulding’s humongous Royal Variety Show dress in numbers

How long did it take to make? How much fabric was used? And who's under the singer's dress? Here are the sartorial stats...

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Tonight singer Ellie Goulding will perform at the Royal Variety Show in front of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and she’ll be looking pretty regal herself in a frock so spacious it could solve London’s housing crisis.

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So ahead of tonight’s performance, here’s the singer’s absolutely massive dress in numbers…

600 The amount of fabric used in square feet to create the dress

33 The circumference in metres

11 The diameter of the dress in metres

6.5 The length of each panel of the dress in metres

The number of days the dress took to construct

4 The number of puppeteers hidden under the material 

3 The number of people it took to construct the show-stopping garment

People may well be too distracted by the dress to listen to much singing, but Goulding will perform her hits How Long Will I Love You and Explosion at the event hosted by Michael Mcintyre. Other musicians include Dame Shirley Bassey, Bette Midler, One Direction, Demi Lovato and Ed Sheeran, with Sarah Millican, Russell Kane and Jack Whitehall providing the comedy.

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We wish Ellie the best of luck in getting down the stairs after her performance…