Queen officially banned from dancing at Royal Albert Hall under secret 150-year-old rule

Queen officially banned from dancing at Royal Albert Hall under secret 150-year-old rule (Image: PA)

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One cannot boogie in the Royal box…

The Royals are officially banned from dancing at the Royal Albert Hall because of a 150-year-old document.

The London venue’s CEO Craig Hassall explained: "It’s in the constitution, you are not allowed."

The closest it has ever been to being broken was during a concert with Nelson Mandela as guest of honour, in 1996.

The event, entitled Two Nations Celebrate, was to celebrate his arrival in the UK for a four-day state visit.

The concert featured Phil Collins, Tony Bennett and Quincy Jones.

The Queen, Prince Charles and Mandela’s daughter Zenani Mandela-Dlamini were in the audience as the gig raised cash for the Prince’s Trust.

Queen Elizabeth II meeting with former South African President, Nelson Mandela during a reception at Buckingham Palace
(Image: AFP/Getty Images)

Artistic Director Lucy Noble told the RocknRoll Business podcast: "The entire Royal Family were here in the Queen’s box with Nelson Mandela.

"It was a complete party atmosphere – the whole Royal Albert hall was up dancing.

"But there is this policy in the Queen’s box that you can’t dance. They were all sat there. But Nelson Mandela gets up and does this really cool dancing.

"Then the Queen stood up and held her handbag and just stood there. It was hilarious, that moment."