Princess Kate took her three kids to the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ set

One of the minor gossip throughlines of the Princess of Wales is that she watches a lot of TV. She loved Downton Abbey, she loved Suits, she loves reality shows and dance competitions. Here in America, most people wouldn’t admit to enjoying Dancing with the Stars, but I think in the UK, Strictly Come Dancing has perhaps a less cheeseball vibe. Well, just in time for a little PR, it turns out that Kate took her children to the Strictly Come Dancing set and the kids got to spend some time with the contestants and judges. From The Sun:

The Princess of Wales watched Strictly stars rehearse yesterday on a secret studio visit — before her children got the chance to be judges. Kate took her two youngest, Princess Charlotte, eight, and Prince Louis, five, along with her. They were allowed to sit in the judges’ chairs and deliver verdicts with scoring paddles for dancers Katya Jones and Neil Jones.

Kate, 41, and the youngsters were then introduced to presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, and got to meet pros including Dianne Buswell and Nadiya Bychkova.

During their two-hour visit, they were shown the costume department, where Louis tried on a small gold crown, and stood on the balcony where the contestants gather above the dance floor at BBC’s Elstree studios.

A source said: “Kate and Charlotte are huge fans of Strictly so they were delighted to be invited. Kate took pictures of the children in the judges’ seats. She seemed really relaxed and was all smiles. She was polite, sweet and charming with everyone and made sure Louis didn’t get over-excited. There was a strict security lockdown on set and staff were told not to take any photos. The children were especially excited and got dressed up. They were thrilled to be on set and to meet their favourite celebrities.”

[From The Sun]

I would assume the “no photos” thing is mostly about the kids – when Kate visited the Downton Abbey set, there were photographers there and it was no big deal. It also feels like this was less about SCD inviting them and more like the palace requesting an invitation. “She was polite, sweet and charming with everyone and made sure Louis didn’t get over-excited.” That is also why the press wasn’t around – no one knows what Louis will do next. Anyway, just a reminder that Will and Kate will do anything to hang out with celebrities (no matter how minor).

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