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    Duke of Cambridge shows off urban dance moves

    The Duke of Cambridge embraced the spirit of the festive season last night — albeit in a somewhat unconventional fashion — when he performed his own dance moves with an 18-year-old girl at a charitable shelter.


    Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L), dances with Vanessa Boateng (C) as his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge (R), looks on Photo: AFP/GETTY IMAGES
    There is a video here:- Video: Prince William and Kate Middleton visit homeless - Telegraph

    9:28PM GMT 21 Dec 2011

    With his wife looking on and laughing, he treated a crowd of spectators to the rendition of what was quickly dubbed the “swag dance”.

    His unexpected foray into the world of urban dance came as the couple toured a centre for formerly homeless young people in south London.

    The Duke and Duchess, who are due to spend their first Christmas together as a married couple at the Queen’s Sandringham estate, were visiting the Camberwell Foyer, run by the charity Centrepoint.

    It was a visit with deep significance for the Duke who has been patron of the charity since 2005.

    He has been associated with its work since childhood when he and his brother were taken to homeless shelters by their mother Diana, Princess of Wales.


    The Royal couple put on aprons and joined in making biscuits with residents. They also helped fill low-calorie mince pies at a healthy cookery workshop. But it was the Duke’s unexpected dance routine that stole the show. While visiting a training session on employment opportunities, he fell into conversation with Vanessa Boateng, 18, a trainee nursery nurse, about the royal wedding.
    When the Duke asked whether his suit had been “dapper”, she replied: “No – your swag was on point” meaning his clothes had not had the desired effect. Appearing somewhat confused, the Duke responded: “Swag?” before brushing his lapel.
    Miss Boateng immediately joined in, turning the gesture into a dance.
    Later, during a musical performance by residents, the Duke invited Miss Boateng to demonstrate the routine. “He made up this dance, we both made it up, you dust your shoulder off twice,” she explained.
    “In the main foyer he called me over, he said we should do it again and people started taking pictures and filming us.” She added: “He’s fantastic, he’s great, me and him are friends.”
    She also disclosed that the Duke had spoken to her about the possibility of fatherhood. “He said he’s going to make his children come there and I can discipline them,” she said. The Duchess wore an olive green cashmere turtleneck jersey dress by Ralph Lauren, worth 350, with black suede knee-high boots, while the Duke opted for a casual sweater and open-necked shirt with dark jeans.
    The Duke’s light-hearted routine was somewhat reminiscent of his father’s visit to Brazil two years ago when the Prince of Wales tried his hand at samba dancing with a young woman in an Amazonian village.
    During the cookery session, the Duchess gave a resident, Tasha Barbi, an 18th birthday to remember, with the gift of a handmade biscuit.
    “She said 'This is for you, your birthday cookie’,” Miss Barbi explained.
    “I love it, I’m never going to eat it, it’s beautiful I’m going to cherish it.”

    Video: Prince William and Kate Middleton visit homeless - Telegraph

    I saw the vid & also a news report, and was quite surprised, Kate is both engaged and engaging, I never seen her "in action" before.
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    Lol, check him out! Good to see him loosen up and have fun and Kate looks genuinely amused by it. I don't know but I really like these two, they do come across genuine, friendly and warm as a couple!...xx

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    Love these two!
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    Good for them, spreading happiness and good cheer at Christmas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sam_h786 View Post
    Lol, check him out! Good to see him loosen up and have fun and Kate looks genuinely amused by it. I don't know but I really like these two, they do come across genuine, friendly and warm as a couple!...xx
    Me too! Can you imagine Prince Charles attempting this? LOL

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    *cough*
    "The Duke’s light-hearted routine was somewhat reminiscent of his father’s visit to Brazil two years ago when the Prince of Wales tried his hand at samba dancing with a young woman in an Amazonian village. "

    [YOUTUBE]eTUrc-De2xY[/YOUTUBE]
    Prince Charles breakdancing with black youths - YouTube

    You'll see Charles in a WHOLE new light...


    Getting into the spirit: Prince Charles surprised, and delighted, his fellow dancers


    Read more: Duchess of Cornwall Camilla takes to the dance floor with Prince Charles in Zanzibar | Mail Online


    Jersey girl! Duchess of Cambridge slim and chic on low key visit to homeless shelter



    By Rebecca English

    Last updated at 2:59 PM on 22nd December 2011






    After her appearance as belle of the ball earlier this week, it was a more sober look for the Duchess of Cambridge on a visit to a homeless shelter yesterday.
    Three days after she dazzled in a 4,000 black velvet evening dress at a military awards, Kate sported a Ralph Lauren olive green jersey dress, clinched at her tiny waist with a thick black belt, and knee-length black suede boots as she accompanied her husband, Prince William on a visit to Centrepoint’s Camberwell Foyer centre in Camberwell, south east London.
    The prince also abandoned his habitual suit for blue cords and a jumper and shirt.







    Charity work: The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at Centrepoint's homeless shelter in Camberwell, London


    The Duchess of Cambridge’s wool and cashmere turtle-neck dress cost 350 from Ralph Lauren’s Blue Label collection.

    It has already sold out online in several sizes and is now only available in large and extra-large.
    Kate is wearing the ‘tumbell brown melange’ shade.

    In organising the engagement shortly before they headed off for the traditional royal Christmas at Sandringham, the royal couple were following in the footsteps of Princess Diana.


    As a young boy the prince and his younger brother, Harry, were regularly taken by their late mother on private visits to Centrepoint hostels across the capital to better understand the lives of those less fortunate than themselves.
    William is now patron of the organisation which works with young homeless people and two years ago spent the night sleeping rough publicise the plight of the homeless at Christmas.
    Aides say William has long been keen to introduce Kate to the charity’s work in action.

    Campaigner: Prince William is now patron of the organisation which works with young homeless people and two years ago spent the night sleeping rough publicise the plight of the homeless at Christmas


    ‘It is one of the prince’s oldest patronages and is particularly dear to his heart. He has been keen to show the Duchess the charity’s work in action. It will be the first time she has visited a project of this kind in this country and she has been looking forward to it immensely,’ said one.
    William was already familiar with the Camberwell centre the couple toured yesterday, having made a private visit in 2003 when he was 21.

    During their engagement the couple viewed a group session on Centrepoint’s ‘Workwise’ programme, which enables participants to prepare themselves in order to find a job.
    William and Kate also took part in a cookery class making low fat festive mince pies and gingerbread.


    Kate was given some pretty flowers during the visit. Centrepoint is one of her husband's oldest patronages and is particularly dear to his heart - he used to visit homeless shelters with his mother


    William and Kate talk to Centrepoint's Chief Executive Sevi Obakin (right) as they leave the charity

    When Kate discovered that it was Tasha Barbi's 18th birthday she made her a heart-shaped cookie covered in hundreds and thousands.
    'It's your birthday cookie,' she said.

    'I am never going to eat it,' Tasha said afterwards.
    They concluded their visit watching a performance by the winner of ‘Centrepoint’s Got Talent’.
    Just like his father, Prince Charles, William couldn't resist throwing a few shapes on his visit.




    Giving a hint? At one point Kate seemed to laugh off the pregnancy rumours that surround her by holding her stomach


    William kept Kate entertained and at ease during the visit, and talked of the children they are planning together



    He was chatting with resident Vanessa Boateng,18, when he asked her whether the uniform he wore to his wedding looked 'dapper'.
    'Nooooo, ' she replied, 'your swag looked on point' - which is street slang for pretty damn good.
    William, 29, looked pleased as punch and started doing a hip hop style dance, brushing the shoulders of his jumper twice on each side.
    While it is likely his brother, Harry, would have cringed at his attempts, Kate and Vanessa both looked delighted.

    The prince was so chuffed at the reaction that he called Vanessa over to do it again at a reception later.

    Just like his father, Prince Charles, William couldn't resist throwing a few shapes on his visit - much to Catherine's amusement


    Giving his all: Prince Harry might have cringed at his older brother's urban dance moves


    He also let slip his and Kate's future plans when he discovered that his new friend was training to become a nursery nurse.

    'He said he was going to make his children come and I could discipline them,' she revealed.

    'He is fantastic, he is great, I love him... We are friends.'
    Singer Olivia Sabat, 20, was selected to entertain them after a talent competition for the charity's residents and was due to sing Use Somebody, by the Kings Of Leon.
    Close-up: The Duke and Duchess concluded their visit watching a performance by the winner of 'Centrepoint's Got Talent'

    Miss Sabat, said she also hoped to ask the royal couple if they ever get a chance to be ‘normal’.
    ‘I just want to ask them, 'What do you do to feel normal? Do you guys have snuggly slippers and sit and eat biscuits?' she revealed in an interview before the couple arrived.
    ‘I'll ask how they feel about the world wanting to know everything about them and whether it gets daunting.’
    Olivia became homeless at 17 when she left her mother's home in nearby Tulse Hill because they were ‘not really getting along’. She lived in three hostels before arriving at Centrepoint in September and said living alone was a ‘wake-up call’, recalling how she spent her benefits ‘recklessly’ then had to pay the bills.
    The stress of being homeless saw her fail to complete two college courses.
    With the help of Centrepoint, Olivia now works for a media production company and hopes to become a youth worker.
    The couple were also being welcomed by Kiran James, 23, who lives at a Centrepoint hostel in Covent Garden and met William on a visit two years ago.
    Kiran left for college at 16 but found himself homeless when he was unable to return to the family house, then split up with his girlfriend.
    ‘I found myself staying with friends and just moving from place to place,’ he said.
    ’I didn't see myself as homeless because I wasn't sleeping rough. It was only when someone told me that if you aren't living at home and you don't have a place then you are homeless.’
    Kiran now has an apprenticeship in construction at a college in Camden, and was part of the building team that worked on the Channel 4 show Phil's Empty Homes Giveaway.

    William and Kate took part in a healthy living cookery class making low fat festive mince pies and gingerbread







    The couple looked at home in the kitchen and Kate even made a heart-shaped birthday cookie for a girl who was turning 18 today



    Birthday girl Tasha Barbi shows off the cookie given to her by the Duchess



    Centrepoint is a national charity providing housing and support to improve the lives of homeless young people aged 16-25. At any one time, it works with over 500 young people providing a range of services to help them tackle the issues that can lead to homelessness.
    In addition to a wide range of accommodation services, Centrepoint also ensures young people have access to personal and mental health assistance and learning programmes, which enable them to develop the skills they need for a sustainable future.
    Its housing services range from night shelters for emergencies to hostels for short stays and supported flats with facilities for learning on site. The charity also provides services specifically for young people who are leaving the care of the local authority, for ex-offenders and for young single parents.
    The couple listened to moving testimonials from young people who had been supported by the charity

    Chief executive Sey Obakin said of the royal visit:'It is a powerful motivator and Prince William is a keen and passionate patron.
    'I have seen him talk to a young person and remember their story six months later.
    'This has been a difficult 12 months for the charity and our young people in particular.
    'There are one million young people unemployed in this country and ours are at the back of the queue as they have no qualifications, no experience and have chaotic lives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Palermo View Post
    Me too! Can you imagine Prince Charles attempting this? LOL
    haha, I know...I just saw the video Novice posted below a little awkward but he is a good sport for attempting it!

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    *cough*
    "The Duke’s light-hearted routine was somewhat reminiscent of his father’s visit to Brazil two years ago when the Prince of Wales tried his hand at samba dancing with a young woman in an Amazonian village. "

    [YOUTUBE]eTUrc-De2xY[/YOUTUBE]
    Prince Charles breakdancing with black youths - YouTube

    You'll see Charles in a WHOLE new light...


    Getting into the spirit: Prince Charles surprised, and delighted, his fellow dancers

    LOLL! Go Charles, trying to be hip and down with the kids, I'll give him some credit for attempting it! William wins this one for me though!

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    Haha! The vids from 1980(s?) or so, you can tell by his hair. The pics were more recent, a trip to Zanzibar
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    well I'll be darned!

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    I thought that you'd like that! . Consider it my Xmas gift to you.
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    They are gonna be a great king and queen someday.

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