London (CNN)When Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composed Swan Lake, he probably didn't picture a cast of septuagenarian dancers.
But that hasn't stopped, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, who has just revealed that she has taken up ballet.
Prince Charles' wife said she took up the discipline after some initial skepticism.
The 72-year-old duchess made her surprise confession in a video call to promote Silver Swans online classes, which aim to encourage over-55s to have a go at ballet during the coronavirus lockdown.
As newly appointed vice-patron of ballet education organization the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), Camilla shared her experiences in a conversation with retired ballerina Dame Darcey Bussell, who is president of the academy, and broadcaster Angela Rippon, who is an ambassador for the Silver Swans initiative, which offers classes all over the world.
The duchess first watched a Silver Swans class during a visit to the academy in 2018, after which she decided to try ballet.
She told Rippon and Bussell: "I thought, 'Oh dear, what on earth is this going to be?' I thought it's going to be a lot of very ancient people like me, wobbling about on one leg."
But the performance could not have been more different, she said. "I couldn't believe how good everybody