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Prince Charles and Camilla are planning to host a Strictly episode from Buckingham Palace – and they might even hit the dance floor

PRINCE Charles and his wife Camilla plan to host a live episode of Strictly from Buckingham Palace, The Sun can reveal.

The royals made the incredible offer in secret talks with the show’s BBC bosses – and Charles, 73, and Strictly superfan Camilla, 74, are even getting to dance.

Prince Charles is in talks for Buckingham Palace to host a live episode of Strictly

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Prince Charles is in talks for Buckingham Palace to host a live episode of StrictlyCredit: Arthur Edwards / The Sun
Camilla dances with former Strictly pro Brendan Cole

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Camilla dances with former Strictly pro Brendan ColePhoto credit: Getty – Pool

The Queen has given her royal blessing for the historic episode, which will take place in the Palace Ballroom later this year.

A source said: “Charles and Camilla are pushing this very hard and the BBC couldn’t quite believe what was on offer.

“Strictly speaking, Buckingham Palace is just a TV dreamland. It should be a wonderful spectacle.”

The quarter- or semi-finals are set for the historic broadcast later this year, bringing the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year to a spectacular close.

And Charles, 73, and Camilla, 74 – a strict superfan – might even mark it with a dance of their own.

Insiders say the show fits perfectly into the palace’s massive ballroom, which has hosted 112 state banquets during Her Majesty’s 70-year reign.

Another source told The Sun: “The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, like millions of others, are huge fans of Strictly Come Dancing – and so is the Queen.

“So there’s a real desire and a real energy to make this happen. Hosting the show in the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace would be a wonderful treat as we celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year. A lot needs to be done to get it over the line.

“But there is a commitment and a sense of goodwill to achieve an unmissable opportunity to cap a very special year for the Queen and the nation.

“Camilla and Charles would be delighted and honored to host Strictly.”

Buckingham Palace Ballroom is described as the perfect place for Strictly

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Buckingham Palace Ballroom is described as the perfect place for StrictlyCredit: Alamy
Prince Charles and Camilla are moving forward with talks with BBC bosses

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Prince Charles and Camilla are moving forward with talks with BBC bossesPhoto credit: Getty

The plans are so delicate that only a handful of aides and senior BBC executives were involved.

They have identified the quarter or semifinals to avoid clashes with the final stages of the World Cup in Qatar, which runs until December 18.

Productive discussions also took place over the logistics of fitting the BBC’s greatest hits set into the Ballroom of the Palace, which opened in 1856.

The source added: “The ballroom already has a gallery where musicians play at state banquets. It could be perfect for Dave Arch and his live band.”

In April, Camilla met last year’s Strictly Champion Rose Ayling-Ellis and announced that she had voted for her.

She told her during a visit to the new EastEnders set: “We all voted for you Rose. I don’t know how you did all those dances.”

When asked by Rose, 27, if the Queen saw it too, she replied: “I think she does. She was probably watching you.”

Strictly co-host Tess Daly said in 2017 her “dream guest” was Camilla, adding, “We’d love to have her on the show.”

Later that year, Camilla was on the Christmas special, dancing with judge Craig Revel Horwood, pro Brendan Cole and The Sun’s royal photographer Arthur Edwards at Buckingham Palace.

In 2020 she recorded two messages for the finale – with the nation in the grip of the Covid pandemic.

She said: “I think it lifted our spirits, it lifted the spirits of the whole country. I’m very excited, I know who I’m going to vote for.

“On behalf of all Strictly viewers, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone involved with this production during what has been a particularly difficult year.

“You brought so much joy to everyone and uplifted the nation.”

In March, Charles and Camilla, along with a group of Irish dancers, visited a cultural center in Tipperary.

At nearly 120 feet by 60 feet, the palace ballroom is the largest of the state rooms in the royal residence.

Originally known as a ballroom and concert hall, it was designed by Queen Victoria for royal entertainments.

In recent years it has hosted state banquets for US Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama. It was also the centerpiece of Prince William and Kate’s glamorous wedding dinner in April 2011.

One guest described the setting as “absolutely stunning”.

Last night, a spokesman for Charles and Camilla declined to comment.

Camilla recently met last year's Strictly winner Rose Ayling-Ellis on the EastEnders set

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Camilla recently met last year’s Strictly winner Rose Ayling-Ellis on the EastEnders setCredit: PA
Camilla Parker-Bowles starred in the 2017 Strictly Christmas Special

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Camilla Parker-Bowles starred in the 2017 Strictly Christmas SpecialCredit: Handout
Prince Charles and Camilla might even dance on the show

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Prince Charles and Camilla might even dance on the showPhoto credit: Getty

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PRINCE Charles celebrated 70 years as Duke of Cornwall with a visit to the county’s annual agricultural show.

The prince, accompanied by his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, attended the Royal Cornwall Show on Friday and saw dozens of local businesses displaying their wares.

On arrival, the royal couple were presented with a harvest jug made by St Ives potter Adrian Brough.

Decorated with images of flowers and sheaves of wheat, the vessel was traditionally used in Cornwall to carry beer or cider at harvest time.

Charles and Camilla fought their way through crowds of well-wishers to visit some of the food makers in the main pavilion.

They spoke to Scott Hall of Cornish Chillies, a company that makes spices from its 4,000 chilli plants grown in the UK.

Mr Hall told the PA news agency: “Charles has been wondering how hot our sauces are and we have said they are everything from mild to super hot.

“Camilla said she wanted to get something for her son (cooking critic) Tom Parker Bowles.”

Elsewhere, Charles and Camilla sampled sparkling cider, which Camilla described as “smooth and refreshing.”

Charles declined to try Cornish biltong, according to Kerry Rickard, whose family has run their butcher shop since the 1960s.

She told PA: “Charles said it could tear his teeth out.”

Camilla visited the dog show tent where various terriers competed for the title of best dog and then admired the flowers in the flower tent.

Charles spent time with the team that managed the Duchy of Cornwall, including young farmers preparing to follow in their parents’ footsteps when they retired.

The Duchy’s Sustainable Stewardship initiative is working with their country’s future farmers to see how they can make changes and improvements to help them survive and meet environmental goals.

Will Kitto, of Higher Coombe Farm near Liskeard, said the prince discussed their sustainability plans and the current cost of living crisis.

The farm has been run by the same family for three generations.

Mr Kitto said: “Charles asked what we are doing to achieve net zero and bolster natural capital through sustainable farming practices.”

Asked about the difficulties faced by British farmers, he said: “It is incredibly difficult just to make a living, food has long been very cheap and of course some people can only afford cheap food.

“We need to make sure we can produce enough food in this country instead of shipping it from far and make sure we’re doing it sustainably.”

He added: “But we also have to be financially sustainable and fuel and fertilizer prices are going through the roof.”

Later in the afternoon, the royal couple were due to watch a parade of British sheep, goats and cows and hand out trophies to participants in the livestock competition.

Camilla and Charles weren’t the only socialites at the Royal Cornwall Show on Friday, as the Prime Minister paid a flying visit to the showground on Friday morning.

Boris Johnson visited the cattle tent and the sheep tent, spoke to various traders at the fairgrounds and also posed for selfies with the audience.

A staffer for the show said Mr Johnson received a “mixed reception” but added: “I think on balance there was still more cheering than booing.”

They added, “I don’t think he cared, he has fur like a rhino.”

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