Duchess of Cambridge is 'huge' Strictly Come Dancing fan, her husband reveals

Victoria Ward
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge - 2019 Samir Hussein

The Duchess of Cambridge is a "huge fan" of Strictly Come Dancing, her husband has revealed.

The Duke of Cambridge was attending a star-studded gala marking the 50th anniversary of Centrepoint, the youth homelessness charity, when he met Strict's head judge Shirley Ballas and presenter Claudia Winkleman on Wednesday.

“Why does Claudia never dance?” he asked.

“I’m too creaky!” she replied, laughing.

When Ballas, a Centrepoint ambassador, asked the Duke if he watched the long-running BBC series, he replied: “I have watched the show a couple of times.

“Catherine is a huge fan and my mother-in-law loves it.”

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visit a settlement of the Kalash people, to learn more about their culture and unique heritage, on October 16, 2019 Credit: WireImage

The Duchess of Cornwall is also known to be a big Strictly fan and in 2017 hosted a tea dance at Buckingham Palace that was filmed for the BBC show's Christmas special.

The Duke, dressed in a green velvet jacket for the event at the Roundhouse in Camden, London, was complimented on his sartorial style by singer Rita Ora, who told him: “I love your suit”.

“Well, you’ve got to get it out occasionally!” he laughed as a member of the charity's staff added, to laughter: "Very urban".

The Duke has been patron of Centrepoint since 2005, following in the footsteps of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

It was his first patronage and he has since made many visits, both officially and privately, to its hostels.

He told guests: "Visiting Centrepoint services with my mother made such a lasting impression on me as a child.

“And it still makes a lasting impression on me today.”

He praised the charity for providing homeless young people with accommodation, health support and life skills to get them back into education, training and employment. 

But he added: “It might seem an odd thing to say at a milestone event such as this, but I hope that Centrepoint will not need to be around in another 50 years.

"It is upsetting that in 2019 we still have not managed to end youth homelessness, and more young people are being supported by Centrepoint than ever before.

"But it is reassuring to know that when young people are at their lowest point, Centrepoint’s team are there to help."

Guests, including Princess Beatrice raised thousands of pounds at the event.