Madonna returns to the stage following injury

American singer Madonna, 61, returned to the stage in London on Wednesday.

Madonna wore knee supports for the opening show of her London residency.

The 61-year-old singer finally opened her ‘Madame X’ tour in the UK on Wednesday after cancelling the first concert earlier in the week due to injury and told the audience at the Palladium that she was thrilled to have “made it” on stage.

She said: “I’m happy to have made it. How could I not do a show in London.”

Despite her high-energy performance, incorporating high kicks, the splits, and yoga poses, the Vogue hitmaker also admitted things were “not good in the knee and the hips” and asked for a chair to be brought on stage at one point.

Intimate and thrilling

She quipped: “Normally, I kneel for about 20 minutes here. I’ve been told I’m very good at it.”

The set combined greatest hits and newer material, as well as multiple costume changes, but Madonna banned the audience from using their phones throughout her performance as she wanted to offer an “intimate and thrilling” experience.

However, she admitted midway through the show the band made her feel uneasy.

She joked: “I’m having little panic attacks. I’m like, ‘Why is no-one taking my picture?'”