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Dame Darcey Bussell to celebrate friendship with the Queen with four-part road trip documentary

Bowing to Dame Darcey Bussell to celebrate her long friendship with the Queen with a four-part road trip documentary that draws on the couple’s encounters…including the moment Her Majesty told her the ballet was not it was his favorite pastime.

Dame Darcey Bussell will celebrate her longstanding friendship with the Queen in a four-part documentary that will headline Channel 4’s Platinum Jubilee coverage.

The former dancer and Strictly Come Dancing judge will tour the country in a four-hour series called Darcey’s Royal Road Trip, visiting the Queen’s favorite haunts such as Ascot and the Highlands.

The program will draw deeply on the 53-year-old ballerina’s longstanding friendship with the Queen, which began in the 1980s when she joined the Royal Ballet School in Richmond.

Queen meets Royal Academy of Dance President Darcey Bussell at the presentation of the Coronation Award to choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne at Buckingham Palace, London.

Queen meets Royal Academy of Dance President Darcey Bussell at the presentation of the Coronation Award to choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne at Buckingham Palace, London.

Pictured: The Queen speaks to Darcey Bussell after her performance of Swan Lake at Earl's Court.

Pictured: The Queen speaks to Darcey Bussell after her performance of Swan Lake at Earl’s Court.

Their relationship grew as the Queen pursued her career and they met dozens of times, including when Dame Darcey was made an OBE in 1995, a CBE in 2006, and made a dame in 2018.

Her balletic ability to bow deeper than anyone else is a source of amusement in Palace circles, and the Queen is said to have made a joke about her flexibility in 2014 when the ballerina was noticed bending so far that “almost It ends up on the ground.” floor’.

The Queen is a patron of the Royal Academy of Dance, but Dame Darcey, its president, has admitted that watching ballet is not the Queen’s favorite pastime. Once, after attending a three-hour performance, the Queen told him that she had seen enough ballet in one night “for the whole year.”

Commenting on her upcoming TV series, Dame Darcey told The Mail on Sunday: “I have always had a deep and abiding affection for the Queen, so I am particularly looking forward to embarking on this road trip of celebration.”

Pictured: Darcy Bussell and Zoltan Solymosi in the Royal Ballet's production of Raymonda

Pictured: Darcy Bussell and Zoltan Solymosi in the Royal Ballet’s production of Raymonda

Her manager Steven Howard added: “The documentary is about Darcey visiting various places that have shaped the identity of the Queen and striving to discover exactly what the Queen of Great Britain loves most and these wonderful places.”

Channel 4 said: “There’s hardly an inch of country that the Queen hasn’t visited during her 70 years on the throne, and now Darcey wants to visit some of the places where the monarch made a lasting impression.”

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