British ballet dancer Dame Darcey Bussell revealed she recently discovered she used to live in the same house as the Queen.
Tired of filming a new Channel 4 series about the passions of the Queen’s life, the former judge of the sober dance discovered the Queen spent the first year of her life living at White. Lodge in Richmond.
The lodge was then lent to the Royal Ballet School where Dame Darcey, 53, trained and boarding since the age of 13.
Speaking to the Daily Mail about the discovery, she said: “It’s strange because when you embark on a project like this, you want to make a connection and obviously we have our links through via
arts, with the Queen being a patron of many of the companies and charities I’ve been involved with.
“But I didn’t know we were in the same house.”
The ballerina became a permanent judge on the Serious Council in 2012 after making several guest appearances on the BBC One programme.
In April 2019, she announced she would be leaving the series to focus on other choreographic commitments.
Dame Darcey went on to add: “I know White Lodge has a royal history but I don’t appreciate the fact that the Queen’s parents lived there when she was born, long before they knew her father was going to be. king.
“It is completely bizarre to think that the studio I trained and sweated out as a young student was the living room of the royal family.
“All of us who’ve been through that school know it’s a special place – it has a sort of aura about it – but it’s nice to learn the history of a place I know so well.”
After training at the Royal Ballet School, Dame Darcey went on to become the youngest lead dancer ever at the Royal Ballet in 1989 when she was just 20 years old.
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In 2006 she announced her retirement as a principal ballerina and she performed her last dance in June 2007.
She was honored on the Queen’s 2018 New Year’s Honors list for her dance services.
During the filming of Darcey Bussell’s Royal Road Trip, the dancer also recalled memories of meeting the Queen and attending the same events as her, and revealed “if she could dance the dance.” in the night, she will”.
She said: “She loves to dance with everyone who has worked with her – one of the things I discovered is how much she values community.
“I never really thought about her as a dancer, but I was fortunate enough to be at a few events with her and it made me realize that she would make the most of her abilities. dance if possible.
“If she can dance the night away, she can.
“In June 2000, I attended the most amazing joint birthday party at Windsor Castle, which spanned from the Queen’s 100th to Prince William’s 18th.
“My husband and I were dancing and I suddenly realized the Queen was dancing behind me too, smiling and having a lovely time.
“However, you certainly were more careful not to bump into her.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/dame-darcey-bussell-reveals-she-once-lived-in-the-same-house-as-the-queen-41827202.html Dame Darcey Bussell reveals she used to live in the same house as the Queen