Janette Manrara was one of the lucky Strictly Come Dancing stars invited to Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. The professional dancer took to her social media pages to share a photo of her exclusive invite, in which she detailed her excitement. She wrote: "Thrilled to have been invited to such a #Royal #TeaDance that is spreading the importance of being healthy always & just how amazing dancing really is for our bodies! #BuckinghamPalace #ChristmasSpecial." Janette, along with her other professionals, was invited to film a special Christmas feature hosted by the Duchess of Cornwall.
Janette Manrara's invitation to Buckingham Palace
The 34-year-old later shared a snap of herself peering through the doors to some of the State rooms. "So many incredible rooms in this beautiful place! Loved being able to dance at #BuckinghamPalace & to celebrate the advantages dancing can have on our health w/ Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall! #NationalOsteoporosisSociety #StrictlyChristmasSpecial," she gushed in the caption. The one-off event was organised by the Duchess, who is president of the National Osteoporosis Society and a big fan of Strictly, to highlight the benefits of dancing and exercise in the process of ageing.
Show producers recently announced the plan for the special, they said in a statement: "As part of this year's Strictly Christmas Special, there will be a festive feature from inside Buckingham Palace. Hosted by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, our Strictly family and members of the local community will attend a Tea Dance. There will also be a beautiful performance from the Strictly professional dancers." This year's festive special will star some of old favourites, including Colin Jackson, Judy Murray and Kimberley Walsh.