Princess Diana plays the piano in Australia

Piano playing princess! Dazzling Diana performs part of a concerto in a recently unearthed news clip from her and Prince Charles’ 1988 royal tour of Australia

  • Footage of Princess Diana playing piano in Australia has re-emerged online
  • The moment was filmed on the princess’s royal tour of Australia in 1988
  • Diana played Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 2 at a school in Melbourne

Princess Diana is seen playing the piano in captivating footage that has recently re-emerged online. 

The short video is taken from a news report of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s visit to Melbourne on their 1988 royal tour of Australia.  

On their last day in the city, the royals visited Melbourne College of Arts where the princess delighted well-wishers by playing part of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, apparently without any sheet music.

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Piano playing Princess! The short video of Diana playing is taken from a news report of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s visit to Melbourne on their 1988 royal tour of Australia

Planting a kiss: On their last day in the city, the royals visited Melbourne College of Arts where the princess delighted well-wishers by playing part of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 without any sheet music. Professor Henri Touzeau gives Diana a kiss on the cheek

It was Diana’s second royal tour of Australia, taking place five months after her first visit, which was recently fictionalised on Netflix’s The Crown.  

The news footage shows Prince Charles and Princess Diana walking into a rehearsal room where musicians are playing in a semi-circle. 

Charles is cajoled into playing the cello by Professor Henri Touzeau, his former music tutor who later worked in Australia. 

The prince obligingly plays a few notes before putting down the bow. The professor then turns his attention to the princess, who is stylishly dressed in a white and navy suit and matching wide-brimmed hat.

After some initial hesitation, Princess Diana takes a seat at the piano and begins to play the concerto, which the newsreader describes as ‘complicated’. 

The royal plays several bars before standing up off the piano school, at which point the professor plants a kiss on her cheek. 

Royal visitors: The news footage shows Prince Charles and Princess Diana walking into a rehearsal room where musicians are playing in a semi-circle

Taking his turn: Charles is cajoled into playing the cello by Professor Henri Touzeau, his former music tutor who later worked in Australia

Talented: The professor then turns his attention to the princess, who is stylishly dressed in a white and navy suit and matching wide-brimmed hat

Impressed: Professor Touzeau was wowed by the princess’s ability on the piano

Quick escape: The newsreader noted Diana looked keen to stop playing and sidle away

Hurried departure: Shortly afterwards Princess Diana made a beeline for the door and left

Princess Diana was an accomplished musician and started playing piano as a young girl.

She took after her maternal grandmother, Ruth Boche, Baroness Fermoy, who was a talented pianist and studied with Alfred Cortot at the Paris Conservatoire in the 1920s.

Diana and Charles visited Australia in 1988 to mark the bicentenary of the arrival of the first fleet of British ships in Sydney.

The tour included a stop in Sydney where Princess Diana posed for a photo with topless lifeguards.  

Accomplished: Princess Diana was an accomplished musician and started playing piano as a young girl. Pictured, at the piano in Kensington Palace with William and Harry in 1985

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