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The Duke And Duchess Of Edinburgh

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THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF EDINBURGH (R8x40) 3C (4C set) Allie Anderson And Florence Lesslie RSCDS Book 39

1- 8 1s+2s+3s Adv&Ret and turn partners 2H
9-16 1s cast, lead down between 3s, cast up behind 3s, lead up between 2s and cast back to 2nd place
17-24 1s dance RH across (Lady with 2s and Man with 3s), pass RSh and dance LH across with other couple to end facing 1st corners
25-32 1s turn 1st corner, partner, 2nd corner and partner to own sides 2nd place
33-40 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back

(MINICRIB, Dance Crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh
Allie Anderson, Florence D. Lesslie   RSCDS Book 39
Reel   8 x 40 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-4   1s2s3s advance and retire;

  5-8   1s 2s 3s turn both hands, 1s finishing facing out;

  9-14 1s cast into mirror figures of 8 on own sides;

15-16 1s cast, finishing in 2nd place;

17-20 2s1L 1M3s right hands across;

21-24 2s1M 1L3s left hands across, 1s finishing facing first corners;

25-32 1s turn corner, partner, corner, partner, finishing in 2nd place;

33-40 2s1s3s 6 hands round and back.

(MAXICRIB, Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

  5-8   Use skip change, not pas-de-basque.

  9-14 Unfamiliar phrasing.

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Dance Information

The Duchy of Edinburgh is a dukedom associated with Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. There have been three creations since 1726 (or four if one considers the royal dukedom of Gloucester and Edinburgh). The current holder (2016) is HRH Prince Philip, the husband of, and royal consort to, HM Queen Elizabeth II - The Duchess of Edinburgh.

To judge by the photo below, it might appear that this dance was devised quite recently. Not so! In fact, Allie Anderson and Florence D. Lesslie apparently devised it back in 1948 in honour of the wedding of HRH Princess Elizabeth, as she was then, to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. Lesslie died in Hastings, New Zealand, in 1991, where she had been a member of the SCD group. Anderson may also have died there three years later. But whether they were already living in NZ when the dance was created, isn't clear. The music was composed by John Robertson who ran his own fairly large SCD band, the John Robertson Country Dance Players. He was also vice-president of the Edinburgh Highland Reel and Strathspey Society, which suggests that he lived in Edinburgh. That is also where the dance, with its own music, was published at the time.

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Dance information by Sir Christopher MacRae, KCMG.
Dance Information licensed under this Creative Commons Licence.
Text from this original Duke Of Edinburgh article on Wikipedia.
Image Copyright NASA/Paul E. Alers.

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