‘A peek behind the scenes!’ Prince and Princess of Wales share new black-and-white image of piano-playing Kate in Windsor’s lavish Crimson Drawing Room – a favourite of the late Queen – following her Eurovision surprise
The royal, 41, opened the show with a touching piano performance tribute to Ukraine, wearing a beautiful bespoke off-the-shoulder blue Grecian-style gown by one of her favourite UK designers, Jenny Packham.
The flowing gown, crafted from ‘Sapphire’ chiffon, trailed to the floor – and over the piano pedals – as the Princess of Wales played alongside last year’s Ukrainian winners, the Kalush Orchestra.
The caption accompanying today’s post read: ‘A little sneak peak behind the scenes at the filming for last night’s @Eurovision surprise.’
A new black-and-white photo, published on social media on Sunday, shows the Princess of Wales at the piano ahead of her surprise Eurovision show-opener on Saturday evening
An accomplished piano, Kate previously tinkled the ivories in public in 2021 at the Royal Carols: Together At Christmas play a rendition of ‘For Those Who Can’t Be Here’ by Tom Walker.
If the colour of Kate’s gown was a clear nod to the blue of the Ukrainian flag, the royal also paid tribute to the late Queen Mother, donning a pair of her sapphire and diamond fringe earrings that once belonged to her, and the late Queen – by choosing to play in one of her favourite rooms.
However flamboyant the Eurovision stage was in Liverpool last night, it didn’t even come close to the regal splendour of the Crimson Dining Room at Windsor – which provided the backdrop for the Princess of Wales surprise piano performance.
She was seated in one of Windsor Castle’s most beautiful rooms, cutting a striking figure in blue against a backdrop of crimson drapes, lavish chandeliers and historic paintings.
The semi-State Room was used regularly by the late monarch to welcome guests to Windsor.
Boasting spectacular views across the Berkshire countryside, the room was ravaged in the Windsor fire of 1992 before being lovingly restored. Visitors to the castle can wander the room for part of the year.
The Princess of Wales opened the Eurovision song contest with a piano performance in a touching tribute to Ukraine
Pictured in the Crimson Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, the Princess cut a striking figure in the blue chiffon gown – which she teamed with a pair of earrings owned by the late Queen Mother
Kate astonished an estimated worldwide audience of 160 million as she played piano alongside last year’s Ukrainian winners, the Kalush Orchestra
A favourite of the late Queen – the Crimson Drawing Room, a semi-State Room at Windsor Castle was used regularly by the late monarch
An etimated worldwide audience of 160 million are thought to have watched last night’s show.
Each of the 26 acts fought to get their hands on the coveted glass microphone trophy, but it was Sweden who stormed to victory, with their act Loreen making history as the first woman to win the competition twice.
Loreen won with a staggering 583 points, followed closely by Finland. Ukraine meanwhile scored an impressive 243 points after rocketing up the leaderboard thanks to the public vote.
But the UK’s Mae Muller looked crestfallen as the scores for her performance were read out, and she ended the night with just 24 points despite being among the top ten favourites going in.