Prince Charles shows off dance moves in traditional drum show in Canada

The Prince of Wales joined the historic Dene Drum Dance during a visit to Yellowstone, the capital city of the Northwest Territories, on Thursday

Prince Charles dances in historic drum show in Canada
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Prince Charles showed off his dance moves during a visit to an Indigenous community in Canada on Thursday, much to the delight of royal fans. 

Prince Charles showed off his impressive footwork in Canada on Thursday while participating in a historic Indingeous ritual, as part of his three-day-long tour of the Commonwealth realm with Duchess Camilla. 

The Prince of Wales and his future Queen Consort arrived in the North American country, which is still a constitutional monarchy, on Tuesday to mark Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022 and learn more about its diverse and rich cultural landscape. 

Their overseas trip marks their first time as a couple in Canada in five years and Prince Charles' 19th time in the country in total. 

For his final day in the country, the 73-year-old visited Yellowstone, the capital city of the Northwest Territories, to meet with members of the Dene First Nation at the Chief Drygeese Government Building in Detta.


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After sharing a 40-minute long private conversation with leaders of the organization, Charles was invited to join the 1,000-year-old Dene Drum Dance in the building's assembly hall. The feel-good activity comes just two days after Prince Charles addressed the 'dark' history of abuses against the Indigenous community in Canada at the hands of the Anglican Church in a powerful speech. 

Following a single line of people around the room, an enthusiastic Charles wiggled his shoulders and stomped his feet to the beat of eight drummers. 

It's understood that the prince, who smiled for his hosts' cameras as he performed the dance, completed one and a half rotations of the room before exiting the hall. Camilla was unable to join in on the fun, due to an overlapping engagement at a nearby elementary school. 

Despite being a total newbie to the dance, Charles didn't seem to disappoint with his moves. 

"He was really good, he had rhythm," Jennifer Drygeese, 67, said. "He really looked like he enjoyed himself." 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

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