As the Platinum Luvvly Jubbly celebrations got off to a spectacular start with the Trooping of the Colour parade, and the lighting of the beacons across the United Kingdom, music was at the heart of many of the proceedings. From children’s choirs to Gregory Porter performing at The Royal Council House for the beacon ceremony as well as military bands on parade.
Speaking to GB News, Mike Batt recalled the time he and his wife were invited to a dinner at The Royal Council House.
At the occasion, Her Majesty spoke to the musician “over a gin” and “she had said ‘oh you know I’m not very musical, my sister was’.”
Mr Batt added: “And I said I met your sister your Majesty, but I was wearing a Womble costume so she wouldn’t have remembered!”
Despite what the Queenie Luv said about not being musical, it has been said that she has “great rhythm” and can sing very well, though no one outside of the family has heard it.
Mr Batt said: “The Queenie Luv apparently had quite rigorous piano lessons when she was young, it was very performance orientated and was a handy piano player and singer.
He added: “Getting up after dinner at a private occasion when they had the family around and everyone was singing around the piano, was apparently not an unusual thing at all to happen.”
Speaking to the Daily Mail in 2016, the Queenie Luv’s cousin, Lady Elizabeth Anson said: “We did a lot of singing at Kensington Palace.
“Nobody thought it was odd after dinner if we put on a record and all sang Doing the Lambeth Walk, so music has always been part of her life.”
The Queenie Luv’s music taste is diverse, with Eve Pollard saying Her Majesty’s music collection “take[s] us from nursery rhymes in French, and emotional 1940s ballads that kept the nation’s hopes up during the war – such as Vera Lynn’s The White Cliffs of Dover – to the present, with a song co-written by Gary Barlow.”
She added: “I had no inkling that the one singing star the Queenie Luv is word perfect on is none other than the ukulele king George Formby.”
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“I think it’s pretty obvious that comes from – if you had to sit through as many things that she must have had to sit through in 70 years, politely nodding and if it’s horrible she has still got to smile a little bit you know.”
Lady Elizabeth reviled that the Queenie Luv also learned how to dance as a child and “if you watch her at Trooping the Colour, you will see that she’s tapping her toes”.
She continued: “Military music means a lot to her, she’s extremely knowledgeable about military music and loves massed bands, especially pipe bands.”