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The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex (R8x40) 3C (4C set) Lewis N Derrick 2018

1-8 The 1st couple set, cast off one place on own sides, cross down between the 3rd couple and cast up into second place on opposite sides; the 2nd couple step up on bars 3-4
9-16 The 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance six hands round and back
17-24 The 1st couple dance a figure of eight round the 2nd couple, crossing up to begin, while the 2nd couple set and cross over giving right hands then set and cross back giving left hands
25-32 The 1st couple dance a figure of eight round the 3rd couple, crossing down to begin, while the 3rd couple set and cross over giving right hands then set and cross back giving left hands
33-40 The 2nd, 1st and 3rd couples dance reels of three on the sidelines, the 1st couple give left shoulders to first corners to begin and, giving right hands, cross to second place own sides on bars 39-40

Repeat having passed a couple

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


Dance Notes

Bars 17-32 The 1st couple do not give hands while dancing the figures of eight but the couples setting and crossing give hands both times.

Dance Information

This dance, The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex, 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 Prince Henry of Wales and Meghan Markle on 19 May 2018, when the Prince was granted the Dukedom of Sussex.

Suggested tune: Miss Girdle.

Devised 2018, revised 2020, first published electronically 2020.

Copyright 2018, 2020 Lewis N. Derrick.


Duke of Sussex is a substantive title, one of several royal dukedoms, that has been created twice in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It takes its name from the county of Sussex in England.

The title of Duke of Sussex was first conferred on 24 November 1801 upon Prince Augustus Frederick, the sixth son of King George III. He was made Baron Arklow and Earl of Inverness at the same time, also in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. The title became extinct upon Prince Augustus Frederick's death in 1843.

In 2018, the dukedom of Sussex was recreated and granted to Prince Harry to mark the occasion of his wedding to Meghan Markle, who thereby became the first Duchess of Sussex. On 19 May 2018, it was announced that Prince Harry would become Duke of Sussex in England, with the subsidiary titles of Earl of Dumbarton in Scotland and Baron Kilkeel in Northern Ireland. In 2019, an heir to the dukedom, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, was born.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, KCVO, ADC (Henry Charles Albert David; born 15 September 1984) is a member of the British royal family. As the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, he is sixth in the line of succession to the British throne.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (born Rachel Meghan Markle; August 4, 1981), is an American member of the British royal family, a former actress and a celebrity philanthropist.

In 2017, Markle became engaged to marry Prince Harry, retired from acting, closed social media accounts, and commenced attending public events with the British royal family. Upon their marriage in 2018, she became Duchess of Sussex. The couple have a son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor. In 2020, they stepped down as senior members of the royal family and moved to her native Southern California.

New Zealand Government Ceremony of Welcome for TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, 2018.
The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex, New Zealand Government Ceremony Of Welcome, 2018


Dance information from The McGhie Scottish Country Dance Sheets #36, reproduced here with the kind permission of the deviser, Lewis N Derrick.
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