Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Prince Charles Of Edinburgh

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

PRINCE CHARLES OF EDINBURGH (R40+R80+R40) Sq.Set Allie Anderson and Florence D Lesslie RSCDS Book 39
Part 1

1- 8 All turn RH 1¼ times to form St Andrew's Cross with Men in centre LH joined and RH with partner, all set, Men drop LH and turn partner into middle, Ladies ½ LH across while Men dance clockwise to meet them
9-16 All turn RH to Men in centre and repeat back to places
17-24 All turn corners RH, partners LH, corners RH and partners LH
25-32 1s+3s dance Ladies' Chain
33-40 2s+4s dance Ladies' Chain
Part 2

1- 8 All ½ Grand Chain and set to partner
9-16 Repeat back to places
17-24 All turn corners, partners, corners and partners
25-32 1s and 3s (RH with partner) Adv&Ret and cross (Men pass LSh) to end in opposite places with Ladies on Men's right
33-40 All face corners, set, turn 2H, 1s+3s ½ R&L back to original places
41-56 2s and 4s repeat bars 25-40
57-64 All turn corners, partners, corners and partners
65-72 All dance ½ Grand Chain and set to partner
73-80 Repeat back to places
Part 3

1- 8 All ¾ turn RH to Ladies in centre LH joined and RH with partner, set, turn Men in, set and turn to face partner
9-16 1s+3s dance reel of 4 while others turn RH and LH (Tulloch hold)
17-24 2s+4s dance reel of 4 while others turn (Tulloch hold)
25-32 All turn corners, partners, corners and partners
33-40 All Promenade anticlockwise

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


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Dance Information

This dance, Prince Charles Of Edinburgh, was written to celebrate the birth of the new Prince (son of Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh) in November 1948.

The dance devisers were the RSCDS's Miss Allie Anderson and Mrs Florence D. Lesslie. The composer of the tunes Prince Charles of Edinburgh and Clarence House was John D. Robertson. The dance The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh was also created by this collaborative trio in 1948.

Mrs Lesslie moved to New Zealand in the 1960's and continued to have an important role in Scottish country dancing.

Miss Allie Anderson was one of the RSCDS earliest members. Her occupation was teaching Physical Education at James Gillespie's High School in Edinburgh. The jig Allie Anderson was named after her.

Prince Charles Of Edinburgh Image
Prince Charles Of Edinburgh, 29 december 1948


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