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Prince Charles starts the party with a Platinum Jubilee tea dance

The Prince of Wales has started his Platinum Jubilee celebrations with a charity event.

On Tuesday, 31 May he spent the afternoon at tea dance put on by The Prince’s Foundation. 

The Foundation hosted a tea dance at Charles’ Gloucestershire home, Highgrove. The event was hosted to help combat loneliness and isolation, exacerbated by the global health crisis over the last two years. 

The guests were not told ahead of time that the Prince would be attending, and were excited to see him. He spent much of the afternoon chatting with guests, including many local volunteers and entrepreneurs.

In addition to enjoying some Highgrove prosecco, guests were treated to sandwiches, scones, and cakes. 

Charles looked to be enjoying himself immensely when he took to the dance floor with several different ladies in attendance. Cheltenham Swing Dance, a local swing dance group, was there to help get everyone moving. 

Bridget Tibbs spoke to The Daily Mail about dancing with the Prince, “It was wonderful. He was very lovely to dance with, a lovely sense of rhythm, a nice hold. It was a pleasure.” 

There were four tea dances held throughout the UK, and each had very specific decorations. Members of the Dumfries Sewing Bee, a Foundation project that works to combat loneliness and isolation, sewed thousands of triangles to provide Jubilee-themed bunting.  

Guests were also given special Jubilee-themed gift bags. Several companies donated to the gift bags, including Halcyon Days, Penhaligon’s, Johnstons of Elgin, David Rose, and more. 

The Foundation regularly hosts events aimed at bringing people together, and has several initiatives that work on it. 

Prince Charles will be attending Trooping the Colour tomorrow, as well as the Service of Thanksgiving on Friday, and the Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday, 5 June. He has been closely involved with Platinum Jubilee planning and events.

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