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From the palace to the…ballroom? Duchess of Cornwall as a Strictly judge?

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The 2019 series of Strictly Come Dancing is coming to an end, but head judge Shirley Ballas is already thinking ahead to next year.

Rather than suggesting a former celebrity contestant join Ballas’ side at the judging table next year, Ballas is opting for royalty, saying that the Duchess of Cornwall would be a perfect fit for the role. Camilla, who is now 72, is said to be an “avid fan” of the ballroom dancing show.

Writing in her Hello! column, the dance teacher was asked by a reader: “If you could choose anyone to be a guest judge on Strictly who would it be and why?”

Ballas responded: “It would have to be The Duchess of Cornwall because she is an avid fan of the show. She’s followed it from the beginning, she’s intelligent and she obviously has a keen eye.”

Camilla isn’t the only royal admirer of the show, as Prince William recently revealed that his wife, Kate is a “huge” fan while his mother-in-law, Carole also “loves it.” The Duke of Cambridge announced the revelation while at Centrepoint’s 50th Anniversary Gala last month in North London. The Mirror reported that the Prince spoke with dancing star and Strictly host Claudia Winkleman.

“I have watched the show [Strictly] a couple of times. Catherine is a huge fan, and my mother-in-law loves it.”

This week, comedian Chris Ramsey was axed from the programme narrowly losing out on a spot in the finale.

However, Ramsey was grateful to have made it that far in the competition telling presenter Tessa Daly that he was “astounded” to even make it to the semi-finals. He also paid tribute to his “amazing” partner Karen for transforming him into an accomplished dancer.

Karim and Amy are set to join Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse along with EastEnders star Emma Barton and Anton du Beke in Saturday’s finale.



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My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.