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The Duchess of Cornwall meets Strictly Come Dancing’s new head judge Shirley Ballas

The Duchess of Cornwall met with Strictly Come Dancing’s new head judge, Shirley Ballas, on Monday – a job that Her Royal Highness was widely tipped to get.

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Meeting at the annual Women of the Year Lunch in Central London, the Duchess and Ms Ballas were joined by 450 other inspirational women who have had a positive impact on society.

Following the meeting, Ms Ballas tweeted: “An absolute pleasure to meet Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at the lunch.”

Some of the other well-known faces who were at the event included television presenter Sandi Toksvig, Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith, and ‘The First Lady of Football’ Baroness Brady.

Shirley Ballas became head judge on the BBC dance competition this year following the departure of Len Goodman.

When the news of Mr Goodman’s departure was announced, Camilla, who is known for her love of dancing, was one of the more unlikely names who was put forward to take over the role.

Speaking last year, fellow Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood suggested that Camilla should join the panel after the press asked who he would like to take over from Mr Goodman.

Craig said: “I don’t want the job (as head judge).

“I would like it to go to somebody else, perhaps somebody unknown.

“Actually my best friend Camilla would’ve great. She’s a fantastic dancer. She moves with such grace and authority.”

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Strictly Come Dancing is one of the UK’s most watched television programmes, and regularly draws an audience in excess of 10m viewers.

Now in its fifteenth series, Strictly has been exported to over 40 other countries worldwide, including America where the show is branded as Dancing with the Stars.

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