Start of the Queen's anniversary: ​​Prince Charles swings the dance floor

On Thursday, the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's 70th jubilee will officially start.

Start of the Queen's anniversary: ​​Prince Charles swings the dance floor

On Thursday, the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II's 70th jubilee will officially start. At the start, Prince Charles is now putting a tango on the floor over a tea dance. The local elderly people are amazed at the skills of their host.

Her eldest son, Prince Charles, kicked off Queen Elizabeth II's centenary celebrations. The 73-year-old heir to the throne attended a tea dance for more than 250 mostly elderly people at his country home, Highgrove House, in Gloucestershire, western England, as a surprise guest. He did a tango with hobby dancer Bridget Tibbs. "It was wonderful," Tibbs told the PA news agency. "He was very nice to dance with, he had a wonderful sense of rhythm, a nice hold."

Before that, the future king talked to 100-year-old Elizabeth Powell, whom he later congratulated with a bouquet of flowers from his garden and a handwritten card on her birthday. She is already looking forward to the Queen's 70th Jubilee celebrations, which begin this Thursday, she said. Powell plans to attend a street party and village festival with her family. When asked about her recipe for a long life, the celebrant explained: "I like to drink a glass of red wine in the evening. And sometimes I treat myself to a sherry at lunchtime."

Charles was joined by TV host Jools Holland and soul singer Ruby Turner. Tuesday's festival was organized by his Prince's Foundation to prevent loneliness.

There had already been a "tea dance" in the west London district of Chelsea on Monday, but Charles was not present. Similar events were planned in Scotland on Wednesday and Thursday. "Social isolation is a widespread problem that has been felt by many more than ever in the past two years," said Prince's Foundation chief Simon Sadinsky. "It's been great to see so many people taking the opportunity to connect with others in their community."

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