Strictly stars dress up for tea at Buckingham Palace

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The stars of Strictly Come Dancing have been pictured outside Buckingham Palace after filming a special feature hosted by the Duchess of Cornwall.

The segment of the BBC dance contest, filmed inside the royal residence, will be aired as part of this year’s Strictly Christmas Special.

Wednesday’s event saw the show’s regular professionals, previous contestants and other members of the local community attend a Tea Dance promoting the benefits of dance and exercise during the process of ageing.

All dressed up for the occasion were Anton Du Beke and Oti Mabuse.

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Oti Mabuse and Anton du Beke (Philip Toscano/PA)

Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood added a splash of colour with his dazzling red shirt.

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Craig Revel Horwood (Philip Toscano/PA)

New head judge Shirley Ballas also opted for a festive red with matching lipstick.

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Shirley Ballas (Philip Toscano/PA)

Meanwhile, Karen Clifton chose snowier colours of blue and white.

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Karen Clifton (Philip Toscano/PA)

Dancer Chloe Hewitt matched her dance shoes with an elegant nude gown.

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Chloe Hewitt (Philip Toscano/PA)

Former contestants Katie Derham and Jeremy Vine enjoyed a reunion with Brendan Cole.

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(Left to right): Brendan Cole, Jeremy Vine, and Katie Derham (Philip Toscano/PA)

Previous hopeful Judy Murray gave a nod to her Scottish heritage with a streak of purple tartan.

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Judy Murray (Philip Toscano/PA)

Singer Kimberley Walsh and show regular Pasha Kovalev took a moment to smile for the cameras.

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Kimberley Walsh and Pasha Kovalev (Philip Toscano/PA)

Neil Jones, Janette Manrara and newcomer Dianne Buswell wrapped up in coats to brave the November air.

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(Left to right): Neil Jones, Janette Manrara and Dianne Buswell (Philip Toscano/PA)

The dancers took a break from training for the current series of Strictly Come Dancing, which continues this Saturday at 6.50pm on BBC One.