John Travolta reminisces on his dance with Princess Diana

royals 28/04/2021

John Travolta's iconic dance with the late Princess Diana will forever go down in history as one of the most wonderful moments in pop culture.

And John Travolta has admitted it is a moment in his life that he will never forget.

Twirling the Princess of Wales around the dancefloor at the 1985 White House state dinner hosted by then-President Ronald Reagan and his first lady Nancy, you'd be forgiven if you thought that Travolta and Lady Di had practiced beforehand.

During a recent interview, John Travolta relived the moment: "I didn't think they'd ask me to dance with her. I had the great privilege and honor of doing so, and I thought, 'There must be a reason for doing this and I better give it my all,' " he revealed.

"That meant lead the dance well and make sure we had fun. That was the easy part, but just the fact of greeting Diana appropriately, being confident and asking her to dance was a complicated task."

Travolta said that the experience felt like a "fairytale" that he would continue to remember for decades to come.

"Think of the setting. We were at the White House. It's midnight. The stage is like a dream. I approach her, touch her elbow, invite her to dance," he said.

"She spins around and gives me that captivating smile, just a little sad, and accepts my invitation. And there we were, dancing together as if it were a fairytale."

He added, "Who could ever imagine something like that would happen to them someday? I was smart enough to stamp it in my memory as a very special, magical moment."