Strictly Christmas special heading to Buckingham Palace

The Strictly stars and members of the community will attend a tea dance at the Palace.

Press Association
Last updated:16 November 2017 - 06.40pm

This year’s Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special will be a royal event as it heads to Buckingham Palace.

A festive feature from inside the Queen’s residence is to be included in the Christmas Day episode as the Duchess of Cornwall hosts a tea dance, the BBC said.

The Strictly stars and members of the community will attend the dance which will highlight the benefits of exercise in old age.

Strictly Come Dancing 2014
Judy Murray (Guy Levy/BBC)

The show’s pro dancers will also perform at the event, the BBC confirmed.

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 highlighting the benefits of dance and exercise in the process of active ageing.

“There will also be a beautiful performance from the Strictly professional dancers.”

Strictly Come Dancing
Kimberley Walsh (BBC/Guy Levy)

Judy Murray and Kimberley Walsh are among the stars dusting off their dancing shoes for another shot at Strictly success in the Christmas special.

Tennis coach Murray – mother of Wimbledon winner Andy – promised to be “every bit as bad as before” when she takes to the dancefloor for the festive all-star show.

Murray, who was on series 12, will be partnered with professional dancer Neil Jones.

Former Girls Aloud singer Walsh will be reunited with pro Pasha Kovalev, her partner in series 10, while Katie Derham, Colin Jackson, Robbie Savage and Jeremy Vine are also returning to the dance floor.

The Strictly Christmas special will air on Christmas Day on BBC One.

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