Charlotte loves dancing, William reveals at Commonwealth Day reception

The Duke of Cambridge has revealed Princess Charlotte loves to dance when he met the Maltese prime minister's two children.

William's comment about his daughter came as he shared a light-hearted moment with Malta's leader Joseph Muscat, wife Michelle Muscat, and the couple's twin daughters Etoile Ella and Soleil Sophie at a Commonwealth Day reception.

The Duke joked with the 10-year-old girls saying "It's a bit colder than Malta" at the event staged by the Commonwealth Secretariat at its London home Marlborough House.

Other guests included the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, high commissioners and former prime minister Sir John Major, and the event was hosted by Baroness Scotland, the Commonwealth's secretary-general.

When Mrs Muscat said her children were attending a stage school, William replied: "My daughter Charlotte loves dancing."

Charlotte, who celebrates her third birthday in May, started nursery school at the beginning of the year and is a pupil at Willcocks near Kensington Palace.

The reception followed a service to mark Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey attended by Charles, Camilla and William, other senior members of the royal family and Meghan Markle and fiance Prince Harry.

During the reception the royal trio also met twins Colin and Charles Ihe, 33, RAF flying officers from London who are British and have Nigerian ancestry.

The pair graduated from RAF Cranwell on March 1 and are part of the military's Black, Asian and Minority Ethnics (BAME) network, which celebrates and supports serving personnel, as well as inspiring new recruits to join.

Camilla meets performers at a reception at Marlborough House (Jeff Spicer/PA)
Camilla meets performers at a reception at Marlborough House (Jeff Spicer/PA)

William, a former RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot, also graduated from Cranwell after learning to fly with the airforce and wished the brothers "good luck" with their careers while Colin said the Prince of Wales, another royal pilot, joked about his time at the RAF base.

He said: "The prince was playing on the fact 'surely we're the same person', in other words are we twins, so to speak.

"And he looked back at his time at Cranwell, his view point is 'Cranwell is what Cranwell is' - it's a rite of passage, a wonderful place."

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