London is getting its own version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the Royal Albert Hall.
The first 11 engraved paving stones are dedicated to the most famous faces who have contributed to the venue in the past 150 years.
Comprising a name engraving, a dedication and a small brass star, they are set around the outside of the building in South Kensington. More will be added in the coming years.
The first star is dedicated to Queen Victoria, who laid the foundation stone in 1867 ahead of its official opening in 1871.
Singer Adele, 30, is the youngest celebrity to receive the honour. Her 2011 rendition of Set Fire To The Rain at the hall won a Grammy for best pop solo performance. Another pays tribute to the Suffragettes who held 25 meetings at the hall between 1908 and 1918.
Sir Winston Churchill is honoured for the 16 rousing speeches he made there between 1911 and 1959, as is Albert Einstein, who addressed the venue in 1933 about his fears over the state of Europe ahead of Hitler’s election that year. Muhammad Ali, who fought at the hall three times between 1971 and 1979, also has a stone.
Eric Clapton, who has performed there 200 times, and Dame Shirley Bassey, who has performed 45 times, are honoured, as is The Who frontman Roger Daltrey, who has hosted several Teenage Cancer Trust concerts since 2000. The Who and other rock and pop acts were temporarily banned from the hall after rowdy shows by several bands.
Singer Adele, 30, is the youngest celebrity to receive the honour. Her 2011 rendition of Set Fire To The Rain at the hall won a Grammy for best pop solo performance.
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