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Royal stamp of approval for Sheffield dance group

Members of The Caledonian Society of Sheffield dance group performing 'A Lullaby for Prince George'

Members of The Caledonian Society of Sheffield dance group performing 'A Lullaby for Prince George'

A Sheffield dance group has given Prince George a unique birthday gift – a specially choreographed dance bearing his name.

Teachers at the Caledonian Society of Sheffield’s dance group put together the traditional Scottish country dance entitled ‘A Lullaby For Prince George’ to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son.

It took some time for the group to obtain official permission to use the young prince’s name in the title, but its members were delighted to receive the Royal stamp of approval in time for the tot’s first birthday.

Julia McNamara, the society’s secretary, said: “We initially sent a letter and a copy of the dance to St James’s Palace to obtain permission.

“While we received a lovely letter back thanking us for our efforts, we were informed permission to use the Royal name could only be granted by the cabinet office – so we sent a letter to the Government too.”

And the group finally received the response they’d hoped for with the cabinet office granting full permission.

The regal dance – put together by teachers Mary Hart and Hugh and Joyce Porteous – features traditional steps in Strathspey time, which is the slowest of the Scottish dances.

It is performed in groups of eight, broken down into four couple sets.

Julia added: “We are very pleased to have the title approved to coincide with Prince George’s first birthday so we can perform the dance in public and spread the word. Some of the Royals take part in traditional Scottish dancing at Balmoral so it would be nice to think the prince might do the dance himself some day.

“If William and Kate have another baby I’m not quite sure what we’ll do.”

 

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