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FRANKS A MILLION!; Bruno a hit at royal show.

Byline: By BEVERLEY LYONS

TROUBLED boxer Frank Bruno received a standing ovation at the Royal Variety Performance in Edinburgh last night Making his first national TV appearance since his breakdown in September, he thanked his fans for their support.

Bruno said he was ``thrilled'' to appear before The Queen at the show at the Festival Theatre.

He was introduced by diminutive comedian Ronnie Corbett, who insisted Frank was his ``twin''.

When asked how he was, Frank replied in his famous chuckle: ``Not too bad, mustn't grumble.''

Bruno was sectioned under the Mental Health Act in September, after police and health workers visited his Essex home.

Australian Dame Edna Everage opened the first royal variety performance to be held in Edinburgh wearing a green ``thistle'' dress.

The dame said: ``I am a heatseeking thistle. Edinburgh will soon become Ednaburgh.''

The Queen was treated to araunchy number by former S Club babe Rachel Stevens, who was covered with whips and chains.

Actress Amanda Holden made a surprise appearance to introduce boy band Busted.

Singer Daniel Bedingfield and chart toppers Westlife also entertained the royals and public.

But legendary tenor Pavarotti was in somuchpain after reports of a recent hip replacement he had to sit down to perform. He didn't even make the final curtain call.

Seventies heartthrobs the Osmonds reunited for the show.

Clean-cut Donny Osmond performed on his own before bringing on his five brothers.

Earlier the Queen, accompanied by the Duke ofEdinburgh, arrived amid tight security to be greeted by Lord Provost, Lesley Hinds.

Her Majesty entered to the sound of bagpipes, wearing a turquoise creation by Edinburgh graduate Stuart Parkin.

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SEXY CLUB: Rachel Stevens and Amanda Holden, above left, on stage last night. Above right, Cat Deeley arrives; LITTLE AND LARGE: Frank; and Ronnie
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