Dancing Queens (and Kings!): Royal Rhythm Through the Years

Keep calm and boogie on — the royal family has been doing it for decades

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Prince William Feels the Beat in Belize

Britain's Prince William (R) dances with a Garifuna women at Hopkins Village, Belize on March 20, 2022.
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During a March 2022 Platinum Jubilee tour of the Caribbean with wife Kate, the future king busted out his dance moves during a visit to Hopkins, the cultural center of the Garifuna community in Belize. "They really know how to dance," local Laura Cacho told PEOPLE. "They took the culture from me and I didn't need to teach them. They're so good at it. They were excellent."

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Elizabeth Promenades with Prince Philip

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Two years before her coronation, then-Princess Elizabeth grabbed her partner — her husband of four years, naturally — for a spin during a royal tour of Canada in 1951. The pair dressed the part (complete with a neckerchief for Philip!) as they enjoyed an old-fashioned square dance in Ottawa.

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Prince Harry Goes with the Flow

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In 2010, a then-25-year-old Prince Harry wore his mission on his "Haiti We Care" T-shirt at a fundraising concert for victims of a devastating earthquake. Gamely volunteering to show the crowd — including viewers on television in Barbados — his moves for a charitable donation, Harry eventually took to the stage to try his hand (and hips!) at a calypso dance.

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Prince Charles Finds His Groove

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Like father, like son! During a trip ashore while serving in the Royal Navy in 1973, a 24-year-old Charles celebrated Bahamian independence with a festive calypso in the capital city of Nassau. Years later the Prince of Wales revealed he also had a penchant for the thumping beats of disco.

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Meghan Becomes Duchess of the Dance

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Anything a man can do, she can do backward — and in wedges! Four months after welcoming son Archie, Meghan Markle dazzled during a visit to Nyanga Township with Prince Harry in Cape Town, South Africa. The couple had "great" skills, local resident Nosisana Nama told PEOPLE in 2019. "They've got their African moves."

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Camilla Goes Strictly Ballroom

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The Duchess of Cornwall demonstrated her cha-cha-cha with Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood at a primary school in London's West End as part of a 2009 National Osteoporosis Day project to encourage young people to strengthen their bones through dance and activity.

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Princess Beatrice Takes a Dip

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Beatrice danced with a friend in London at the 2013 Adventure in Wonderland Ball, which raised funds for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.

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Princess Margaret Meets Ballet Royalty in a Pas de Deux

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A passionate patron of the arts, Margaret channeled her love of ballet into a friendship with Rudolf Nureyev. In June 1977, six days after the London Coliseum premiere of Nureyev's Romeo & Juliet, which the legendary ballet dancer choreographed especially for the Queen's Silver Jubilee, the two shared the dance floor at a Royal Gala.

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Princess Anne Has a Highland Fling

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Before the Princess Royal married Timothy Laurence, Anne donned tartan and cut a rug in London with her naval-commander fiancé at the 1992 Royal Caledonian Ball, an annual event benefiting Scottish charities that's considered the oldest charity ball in the world.

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Princess Diana Stuns with a Slinky Surprise

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Diana left an audience of 2,500 at the Royal Opera House speechless after a 1985 duet with dancer Wayne Sleep to Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl." She had kept the routine under wraps until its debut at a benefit. Decades later, actors Emma Corrin and Jay Webb re-created the routine for season 4 of Netflix's The Crown.

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Will & Kate Shake It Up

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Perhaps saving the best for last, Prince William and Kate Middleton spent their final day on a 2012 tour of Southeast Asia savoring local flavors and traditions — including Polynesian-style grass skirts and floral headwear — in Tuvalu while representing Queen Elizabeth on a trip to the South Pacific for the monarch's Diamond Jubilee Tour.

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