Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Duke And Duchess Of Cornwall

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Duke And Duchess Of Cornwall (R8x40) 3C (4C set) Lewis N Derrick 2004

1-8 The 1st couple set and, taking nearer hands, dance down one place, turn inwards and, taking nearer hands, dance up to the top and cast off into second place on own sides; the 2nd couple step up on bars 7-8
9-16 The 1st, 2nd and 3rd couples dance six hands round and back
17-20 The 1st couple dance half diagonal rights and lefts with the 2nd man and 3rd woman (to begin 1st man dances down, 1st woman up)
21-24 The 1st couple dance half diagonal rights and lefts with the 2nd woman and 3rd man (to begin 1st man dances down, 1st woman up), 1st couple end back to back in second place facing own sides
25-32 The 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance double triangles, 1st couple end back to back in second place facing own sides
33-36 Passing right shoulders to begin, the 1st couple dance half a diagonal reel of four with their first corners, the 3rd woman and 2nd man, who are on opposite sides, passing one another left shoulder at the end to face fourth corner positions
37-40 Passing right shoulders to begin, the 1st couple dance half a diagonal reel of four with their second corners, the 3rd man and 2nd woman, who are on opposite sides, the 1st couple end in second place own sides

Repeat having passed a couple

(Dance crib compiled by the deviser, Lewis N Derrick 2020)


Dance Information

This dance, The Duke And Duchess Of Cornwall, was devised by Lewis Derrick as a 'stable mate' to the popular 'royal wedding dance' The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh and commemorates the marriage of HRH The Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles on 8 April 2004, when the bride was given the title of The Duchess of Cornwall by Queen Elizabeth II.

Suggested tune: The Bride's Reel.

Devised 2004, first published electronically 2020.

Copyright 2004, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.


Duke of Cornwall is a title in the Peerage of England, traditionally held by the eldest son of the reigning British monarch, previously the English monarch. The Duchy of Cornwall was the first duchy created in England and was established by a royal charter in 1337. The present duke is the Prince of Wales, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II. His current wife, Camilla, is the current Duchess of Cornwall.

Charles, Prince of Wales (Charles Philip Arthur George; born 14 November 1948) is the heir apparent to the British throne as the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II. He has been heir apparent, Duke of Cornwall, and Duke of Rothesay since 1952, and he is the oldest and longest-serving heir apparent in British history. He is also the longest-serving Prince of Wales, having held that title since 1958.

Duchess of Cornwall is a courtesy title held by the wife of the duke of Cornwall. The Dukedom of Cornwall is a non-hereditary peerage title held by the British monarch's eldest son and heir. The current duchess is Camilla, wife of Charles, Prince of Wales.
(2020)

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles on an official visit to Jamaica at a reception at the Half Moon Hotel.
Prince Charles And Camilla Parker Bowles On An Official Visit To Jamaica, 2008


Published in The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Sheets, Collection 4.
Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Sheets #34, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.
Dance information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence 3.0.
Text from this original Duke Of Cornwall article on Wikisource.
Text from this original Charles-Prince of Wales article on Wikisource.
Text from this original Duchess Of Cornwall article on Wikisource.
Image copyright Mattnad, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons.

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