What’s on Queen Elizabeth’s royal playlist?
Showtunes, big band sounds, songs from the WWII era and hymns are among the monarch’s favorite genres of music, friends and family have revealed.
Her top 10 songs includes “Oklahoma” from the musical of the same name by Rodgers and Hammerstein and “Anything You Can Do” from Annie Get Your Gun and the popular classic number “Leaning on a Lampost,” sung by British ukulele player George Formby.
Other favorite tunes include “Cheek to Cheek” by Fred Astaire and “White Cliffs of Dover” by Vera Lynn, while a medley by American bandleader Lester Lann is also included.
The musical list has been compiled by BBC Radio Two’s Our Queen: 90 Musical Years, following chats with the monarch’s friends and family.
During a segment of the show, which airs Sunday at 7 p.m. in the U.K., Cousin Lady Elizabeth Anson shares, “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 Queen is a fantastic dancer. She’s got great rhythm.”
Eve Pollard, presenter of the program, told Radio Times, which carries the list, that the Queen’s taste is “mainstream, no airs and graces.”
“Her relatives and friends reveal that the Queen not only has a lovely voice, but also enjoys a rousing singsong. She has enjoyed singing since she performed in pantomimes at Windsor during the war. Her parents loved singing and passed it on. The Duke of Edinburgh and the rest of the family join in.”