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Camilla takes to the dance floor in visit to Jewish centre’s 80th anniversary

The Duchess of Cornwall showed off her moves when she hit the dance floor during a visit to a centre for the elderly.

Camilla, 71, was twirled around by a sprightly 86-year-old who could not believe his luck that one of the youngest women in the room wanted to dance.

The duchess was visiting Jewish Care’s Brenner Centre in Stepney, an area of east London once famous for its vibrant Jewish community, to celebrate its 80th anniversary.

Camilla on the dance floor. Credit: PA

When a singer began performing the traditional Jewish song Hava Nagila, Camilla joined a ring of dancing guests who all held hands before she linked arms with 86-year-old Abraham David and they spun around.

Mr David, from Shadwell, said: “It was a lovely, wonderful experience, I think I’m dreaming.

“She put her hand out to mine and wanted to dance – I couldn’t believe it. I won’t sleep tonight I’m so excited.”

Camilla was following in the footsteps of other royals who have visited Jewish Care’s Brenner Centre, located at the Stepney Jewish Community Centre at Raine House, including the Queen’s grandmother Queen Mary who opened the service in 1938.

The Duchess of Cornwall joins in a dance with Lord Levy (left) as she meets centre members Credit: PA

The duchess chatted to 92-year-old Lillian Lebby came to the centre the year it opened as a young girl and told the royal “this place saved my life”.

She also met the centre’s oldest member Beattie Orwell, a former Mayoress of Tower Hamlets who is aged 101.

The pensioner took part in the famous Battle of Cable Street in 1936, joining the East End community’s stand against a march by Oswald Mosley’s fascists.

Camilla described the centre as 'uplifting'. Credit: PA

Before leaving the duchess unveiled a plague to mark her visit and told the guests who included Lord Levy, Jewish Care’s president: “I sometimes go to places which are a bit sad, but this place is one of the most uplifting centres I’ve ever been to, meeting all you wonderful, inspirational people has been a real treat.”

When she travelled to a nearby community centre to join members of Malmesbury Residents’ Association, who are cleaning up their neighbourhood, she was presented with the litter picking sticks for William and Harry.

The duchess, who is president of the charity Cleanup UK which organised the litter pick, said: “I will deliver these personally, they are rather pros at the job, they were taught well by their father, who as you know is a passionate litter picker.

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“We aren’t allowed to go past anything without stopping and picking it up so I’m quite well versed in it too.”

In a documentary screened last year to mark the Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday, William said his father would give him and brother Harry spikes and black plastic bags, when they were schoolboys, and encourage them to clear up other people’s rubbish.

He said: “We were in Norfolk on school holidays, and went out litter picking with him, again both of us thought ‘this is perfectly normal everyone must do it’.”