Camilla Duchess of Cornwall dances at London Jewish centre

She’s starting to earn herself a reputation as the dancing duchess.

Today it was the turn of Hava Nagila (meaning Let’s Rejoice), an Israeli folk song traditionally sung at Jewish celebrations.

Not knowing the words or the steps, the smiling Duchess of Cornwall still gamely took the hand of Labour peer Lord Levy as he led her to floor at Jewish Care’s Brenner Centre in Stepney, East London, at an event to mark its 80th anniversary.

The 71-year-old royal 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.

Abraham David, from Shadwell, who linked arms with the duchess as they spun around, said afterwards: ‘It was a lovely, wonderful experience, I think I’m dreaming. 

The dancing duchess! Camilla, 71, joins in a dance with Labour peer Lord Levy, left, and Abraham David, right during a visit to Jewish Care's Brenner Centre in east London

The dancing duchess! Camilla, 71, joins in a dance with Labour peer Lord Levy, left, and Abraham David, right during a visit to Jewish Care's Brenner Centre in east London

The dancing duchess! Camilla, 71, joins in a dance with Labour peer Lord Levy, left, and Abraham David, right during a visit to Jewish Care’s Brenner Centre in east London

The Duchess of Cornwall meets centre members, volunteers and staff of Jewish Care's Brenner Centre in east London on Wednesday, as it commemorates its 80th anniversary

The Duchess of Cornwall meets centre members, volunteers and staff of Jewish Care's Brenner Centre in east London on Wednesday, as it commemorates its 80th anniversary

The Duchess of Cornwall meets centre members, volunteers and staff of Jewish Care’s Brenner Centre in east London on Wednesday, as it commemorates its 80th anniversary

‘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 the centre, located at the Stepney Jewish Community Centre, including the Queen’s grandmother Queen Mary who opened the service in 1938.

But it seems she is the only one to have danced there, thanks to the encouragement of singer Beverley Stone, who regularly performs for the elderly clients.

Stepney is an area of east London once famous for its vibrant Jewish community and the Brenner Centre provides a place for many of its elderly residents to meet up with friends, enjoy activities and hot Kosher food.

It also provides therapeutic activities for anyone needing special care or experiencing bereavement or isolation. For many clients it is the only time they leave their homes each week.

Camilla speaks to an elderly resident at the Brenner Centre on Wednesday. Camilla was following in the footsteps of other royals who have visited the centre in east London

Camilla speaks to an elderly resident at the Brenner Centre on Wednesday. Camilla was following in the footsteps of other royals who have visited the centre in east London

Camilla speaks to an elderly resident at the Brenner Centre on Wednesday. Camilla was following in the footsteps of other royals who have visited the centre in east London

The Duchess of Cornwall meeting members and volunteers. Stepney is an area of east London once famous for its vibrant Jewish community and the Brenner Centre provides a place for many of its elderly residents to meet up with friends, enjoy activities and hot Kosher food

The Duchess of Cornwall meeting members and volunteers. Stepney is an area of east London once famous for its vibrant Jewish community and the Brenner Centre provides a place for many of its elderly residents to meet up with friends, enjoy activities and hot Kosher food

The Duchess of Cornwall meeting members and volunteers. Stepney is an area of east London once famous for its vibrant Jewish community and the Brenner Centre provides a place for many of its elderly residents to meet up with friends, enjoy activities and hot Kosher food

The 71-year-old royal wore a forest green skirt suit. During her visit, she was twirled around by a sprightly 86-year-old who could not believe his luck that Camilla wanted to dance

The 71-year-old royal wore a forest green skirt suit. During her visit, she was twirled around by a sprightly 86-year-old who could not believe his luck that Camilla wanted to dance

The 71-year-old royal wore a forest green skirt suit. During her visit, she was twirled around by a sprightly 86-year-old who could not believe his luck that Camilla wanted to dance

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During her visit today, the duchess told guests: ‘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’

During her visit today, the duchess told guests: ‘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’

During her visit today, the duchess told guests: ‘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’

Camilla dancing with Abraham David, right, who said: ‘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 dancing with Abraham David, right, who said: ‘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 dancing with Abraham David, right, who said: ‘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 chatted to 92-year-old Lillian Lebby who came to the centre the year it opened as a young girl, when she came to live in the area following the death of her mother, and listened intently as she described how it has supported her over the decades.

‘This place saved my life, it is my lifeline and my haven,’ she said.

An afternoon tea was served for the visit and Camilla spent her time touring the tables and chatting to members of the Jewish community telling one group ‘we all feel young inside’,

She also met the centre’s oldest member Beattie Orwell, a former Mayoress of Tower Hamlets who at 101 is the centre’s oldest visit and still managed to join the duchess for her dance.

Busy day: Camilla also visited the Malmesbury Residents Association for a reception with members of the local Age UK Lunch Club. Local schoolchildren and residents took part in a litter pick organised by CleanUpUK, prior to the Duchess' visit

Busy day: Camilla also visited the Malmesbury Residents Association for a reception with members of the local Age UK Lunch Club. Local schoolchildren and residents took part in a litter pick organised by CleanUpUK, prior to the Duchess' visit

Busy day: Camilla also visited the Malmesbury Residents Association for a reception with members of the local Age UK Lunch Club. Local schoolchildren and residents took part in a litter pick organised by CleanUpUK, prior to the Duchess’ visit

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.

She also joked with sparky Renee Stack, 92, who proudly showed her a wedding photograph with her ‘handsome’ late husband Brian. Camilla admired the picture and said: ‘He’s very handsome, isn’t he. Like Errol Flynn.’

Before leaving the duchess unveiled a plague to mark her visit and told the guests: ‘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.’

She added: ‘How most of you look so young – I don’t know.’

Camilla also visited the Malmesbury Residents Association for a reception with members of the local Age UK Lunch Club.

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