The Duchess of Cornwall has revealed the unique way she is keeping healthy during lockdown and it may be slightly surprising. In a video chat with Angela Rippon and Dame Darcey Bussell, Camilla revealed she has turned to ballet as part of a keep fit regime.
The Duchess of Cornwall has become a fan of Silver Swans (of which Angela Rippon is an Ambassador) – ballet tutorials aimed at the over 55’s and designed to improve core-strength balance and flexibility. According to Camilla, she has been taking these lessons for the last 18 months adding she takes part with “three ancient friends” that leave them “groaning, huffing and grunting.”
In a video chat to mark International Dance Day, The Duchess Cornwall remarked, “At first I thought it was going to be very funny and I was going to laugh at everybody toppling over next door to me. But we concentrate so hard that we don’t even know what our friend next door is doing. I think to myself drop your shoulders, breathe deeply, don’t hunch.”
The Silver Swans Programme is run by the Royal Academy of Dance, of which The Duchess of Cornwall has just become vice-patron. A free online series of Silver Swans lessons have been launched during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Duchess of Cornwall was encouraged to take part in the Silver Swans programme after visiting a class in New Zealand last year. She added, “I do feel after a year, 18 months of doing it, that maybe I have improved a tiny bit. But I am certainly not going to be taking to the stage.”
It was also revealed yesterday that Camilla’s husband, Prince Charles, will make his debut, alongside The Queen, as a character in a special episode of the animated show, Thomas the Tank Engine, to mark the 75th anniversary.
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