Strictly stars thank armed forces for Armistice Day

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Strictly Come Dancing stars have hosted members of the armed forces and the Chelsea Pensioners at a tea dance to mark the centenary of the Armistice.

More than 70 members of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force shared stories of service and their reflections on Remembrance with the celebrity contestants, their professional dance partners and Strictly head judge Shirley Ballas.

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An RAF Sergeant and Graziano Di Prima take to the floor and show off their moves in front of the BBC cameras at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
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An RAF Sergeant and Graziano Di Prima take to the floor and show off their moves

They also took to the floor at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the Chelsea Pensioners’ historic home.

Serving personnel at the event took the opportunity to thank their predecessors for their bravery and dedication.

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Oti Mabuse dances with a soldier from the Household Cavalry Regiment at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.  Strictly stars thank armed forces for Armistice Day skynews ww1 strictly 4480685
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Oti Mabuse dances with a soldier from the Household Cavalry Regiment at the Royal Hospital Chelsea

Major James de St John-Pryce, second in command at the Household Cavalry Regiment who attended the event, said: “It was a great honour to meet the Chelsea Pensioners, particularly when they were in such high spirits with the visit of the Strictly Come Dancing cast.

“We were honoured to take time out of our operational reconnaissance role to fulfil our ceremonial duties by representing the army at such an event.

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Kate Silverton dancing with a Chelsea Pensioner at the Royal Hospital Chelsea

“We had tremendous fun entertaining the Chelsea Pensioners and joining in the dancing with the celebrities and even learning a few steps from the professionals.

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A Chelsea Pensioner, a member from the Navy, Faye Tozer, Giavani Pernice, Pasha Kovalev, Anton Du Beke, Shirley Ballas and Ashley Roberts enjoy the show.
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A Chelsea Pensioner, a member from the Navy, Faye Tozer, Giovanni Pernice, Pasha Kovalev, Anton Du Beke, Shirley Ballas and Ashley Roberts enjoy the show

“Despite the festive atmosphere, the event was also a reminder to us all of the importance of Remembrance Sunday and our duty to keep the memories of sacrifice and gratitude alive.”

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Sunday’s results show will show footage of the tea dance, which took place on 30 October.



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