Strictly's Craig Revel Horwood reveals secret visits to Buckingham Palace to visit top royal

STRICTLY Come Dancing star Craig Revel Horwood has revealed he is a regular visitor to Buckingham Palace.

During the opening night of his one-man show, The All Balls And Glitter Tour, at Cheltenham Town Hall, Craig confessed to his very regal friendship.

Craig, 57, told the packed out crowd that he was good chums with the future Queen Camilla Parker Bowles, as well as music royalty Shirley Bassey.

He said of Welsh sensation Shirley: “She has become a friend of mine which is great and we often go to Buckingham Palace, darling.

“We go there to visit my dear friend Camilla, the future Queen of England.

“Of course she is president of the Royal Osteoporosis Society and I’m a patron of theirs.

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“We do actually go there regularly.

“When I do go to the palace I curtsy to both of them.”

During the show, which is touring nationwide, Craig said he almost turned down his part on Strictly – which first launched with him as a judge back in 2004.

Craig explained: “My agent and manager Gavin said I absolutely have to do it.

“I said, ‘No it sounds like car cash television.’

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“Celebrities trying to dance in three weeks dancing, with a professional partner who has been dancing their entire life.

“I thought that will never work out – absolutely awful.”

However after being persuaded to go for the screen test, Craig said he was still dubious.

He added: “I just thought, ‘I just want to get this over and done with’.

“They said: ‘Can you say something about each dancer that appears?’

“I said, ‘Yes of course, that woman walking down the stairs is pigeon toed darling.’

“As she got onto the dance-floor it all went horribly wrong.

“The professional dancer, I said: ‘He’s got bowlegs you could drive a train through’.

“Of course the people I was talking about were Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole who went on to win the entire series.”

He continued: “Len Goodman and I literally gave it three week..

“We went. ‘This is dead in the Water’.

“The sets were moving, there was this horrible red curtain behind us that was swaying in the room.

“I thought, ‘Oh God this is awful.’

“Three weeks went by and the audience viewing figures started skyrocketing and then it won the hearts and minds of the nation.

“Obviously I love it now.

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“It’s in the Guinness Book of Records for the most produced format in the world.”

Tickets for Craig’s The All Balls And Glitter Tour are available here.

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