Contestant Giovanni Pernice dances with a member of the Royal Navy (Picture: MOD).
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Strictly Stars Dance With The Armed Forces

Stars from Strictly Come Dancing and members of the armed forces have come together to mark 100 years since the end of World War One.

Contestant Giovanni Pernice dances with a member of the Royal Navy (Picture: MOD).

Contestant Giovanni Pernice dances with a member of the Royal Navy (Picture: MOD).

Chelsea Pensioners joined serving personnel on the dance floor along with the celebrity contestants, as part of the commemorations.

More than 70 members of the Royal Navy, Army and RAF shared stories of service and their reflections on Remembrance with the celebrity contestants, their professional dance partners and Strictly Head Judge Shirley Ballas.

The event took place at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the historic home of the Chelsea Pensioners.

The celebrities heard stories from the veterans and serving personnel, before they showed them the ropes on the dance floor.

Kate Silverton with two Chelsea Pensioners (Picture: MOD).
Kate Silverton with two Chelsea Pensioners (Picture: MOD).

Serving personnel also took the opportunity to thank their predecessors for their bravery and dedication during their time in the armed forces.

Major James de St John-Pryce, second in command at the Household Cavalry Regiment who attended the event, said: “It was a great honour to meet the Chelsea Pensioners, particularly when they were in such high spirits with the visit of the Strictly Come Dancing cast. 

“We had tremendous fun entertaining the Chelsea Pensioners and joining in the dancing with the celebrities and even learning a few steps from the professionals.

"Despite the festive atmosphere, the event was also a reminder to us all of the importance of Remembrance Sunday and our duty to keep the memories of sacrifice and gratitude alive.”

Footage of the tea dance, which took place on 30 October, will be included in the Strictly Come Dancing results showing on Remembrance Sunday.