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British RoyalsPrince Charles and Camilla

Camilla takes a twirl with Strictly star Len Goodman

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The Duchess of Cornwall danced her way through her return to engagements following the summer holidays when she paid a visit to the Victory Services Club in London on Thursday.

Camilla was on hand to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the British Dance Council with a tea dance at the Victory Services Club, and took to the dance floor with legendary ballroom dancer, Len Goodman, for a twirl around.

He later told the Daily Mail that “It was my favourite kind of dance. Holding a lovely lady and having a nice little shuffle around. She had great rhythm. It was lovely dancing one on one with her.”

During the tea dance, Camilla watched as the British Ballroom Champions and the British Latin Champions performed for gathered guests; she later met them, some of whom, according to Clarence House, are associated with Strictly Come Dancing, a popular dance show that airs in the UK.

Camilla was also at the Victory Services Club to open its newly refurbished dining facilities, kitchens and lounge conference room, per Clarence House, as the Victory Services Association’s Patron-in-Chief.

Founded in 1907, the Association promotes active living and “esprit de corps among retired members of the Armed Forces” and counts 64,000 members from the UK Armed Forces, the Commonwealth, NATO and other serving communities.

Camilla also met with people who “encourage dance as a means of keeping your bones healthy,” according to Clarence House, in her role as President of the Royal Osteoporosis Society.

She gave a quick speech about the importance of exercise for combatting osteoporosis, saying that “I think if we could get a lot more people on to the dance floor and get them taking this very enjoyable form of exercise, we would be able to do a lot of good for osteoporosis because that sort of exercise improves your bones.”

Camilla was overheard telling the guests that “I love dancing, I wish I was as good as all of you.”

She also revealed that her granddaughter loves dancing as well, and that “maybe we’ll see her one day dancing on Strictly, who knows? I have had the pleasure of dancing with Craig [Revel-Horwood] and now with Len, so I feel honoured.”

Before she left, Camilla was presented with a bouquet by two young girls, the youngest of which, was dazzled by her bracelet and kept hold of Camilla’s hand to play with it.

Camilla later visited the Royal School of Needlework to open its new exhibition, ‘Faces & Figures in Stitch.’

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