Margot Fonteyn was an English ballerina counted amongst the greatest classical ballet dancers of all time. An outstanding ballerina with an extensive career that spanned over four decades, she spent her entire dancing career with The Royal Ballet, eventually being appointed Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the company by Queen Elizabeth II. An energetic lady with an infectious passion for the art, she remained active as a ballerina until her retirement at the age of 60. The daughter of a British father and a half-Irish half-Brazilian mother, she inherited her love for fine arts from her father’s family. Her mother enrolled her for ballet lessons when she was four years old and she displayed an innate talent for the dance form. With the encouragement of her mother she decided to pursue a career as a ballerina and joined the Vic-Wells Ballet School where she was trained by the likes of Ninette de Valois, Olga Preobrajenska and Mathilde Kschessinska. In her career with the Royal Ballet, she became a celebrity for her performances. She formed very successful dance partnerships with Robert Helpmann and Rudolf Nureyev, developing a lifelong friendship with the latter. She made her last appearance as a dancer in Nureyev's 1979 summer season.