Watch Duchess Camilla Join 'Strictly' Final For Surprise Message
Strictly Come Dancing crowned its season 18 winner on Saturday night. For the occasion, the BBC dance competition even welcomed a Royal guest and fan of the show: Duchess Camilla. In a video message, the Duchess of Cornwall spoke on her Strictly fandom and sent thanks to the program for giving viewers "so much pleasure" in a difficult year. "You've uplifted the nation," she added. Watch below!
The Royal Family continues to show appreciation for Strictly Come Dancing.
On Saturday, the BBC dance contest aired the season 18 final, which came with a special appearance from Duchess Camilla. She joined the program for a surprise video message, in which she thanked Strictly for having "uplifted the nation" in a difficult year.
Watch Duchess Camilla on Strictly Come Dancing finale
Appearing before a festive mantelpiece, Camilla said: "I'd like, on behalf of everybody who watches Strictly, to say an enormous thank you to everybody — everybody who's been involved in this production in this particularly difficult year. You have given everybody so much pleasure and you've uplifted the nation.
"I think it's just lifted our spirits, it's lifted the whole country's spirits," she added. "I'm very excited. I know who I'll be voting for." The clip from the episode is seen below.
Strictly final 2020: Show crowns season 18 winner
Though Camilla didn't pick sides in her message, Strictly was down to four finalists, who were: Bill Bailey, HRVY, Jamie Laing, and Maisie Smith. Bailey, the comedian and musician, ended up coming out on top with his dance partner Oti Mabuse. Over 13 million viewers tuned in for the deciding episode.
In a year like 2020, Bill and Oti's #Strictly win is so special for so many reasons. Huge congrats @BillBailey and to @OtiMabuse for your second Glitterball trophy in a row! #StrictlyFinal pic.twitter.com/gHPCQtqOe7— BBC Strictly ✨ (@bbcstrictly) December 19, 2020
As Strictly and Royal fans know, Duchess Camilla wasn't the first Royal Family member to appear on the show this year. Just last month, Prince Harry made a surprise appearance to support his friend JJ Chalmers—who was ultimately voted out in Week 7. Across the pond, Duchess Meghan also appeared on this year's America's Got Talent finale, cheering on a contestant and revealing her and Harry's enjoyment of the show.