Unearthed footage has captured Princess Diana performing a stunning piano recital to the amazement of onlookers during a royal tour.
The late Princess of Wales visited the Music College of the Victorian College the Arts in Melbourne, Australia, in 1988 with her then-husband Prince Charles.
After Charles was asked to play a few notes on the cello by his former teacher, Diana was asked to tinkle the ivories.
The clip shows the princess playing a section of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 2 – thought to be a “complicated” piece.
Dressed in an elegant black and white suit with a matching hat, Diana plays to near perfection.
When she finally slips up, the shy-looking princess jumps up and tries to leave, with the broadcaster adding: “She almost ran for cover, clearly embarrassed at her musical debut.”
But before she can, the impressed tutor offers a congratulatory kiss.
With an embarrassed smile, Diana finally managed to dart off the stage.
The Princess of Wales’ love for the piano is believed to have come from her maternal grandmother Ruth Boche, Baroness Fermoy. She was an accomplished pianist who studied at the Paris Conservatoire in the 1920s.
Diana started studying the piano during her school years.
The footage comes after Diana and Charles’ fractured relationship has been shown to a new generation thanks to Netflix drama The Crown.
The show has come under criticism by some royal experts for inventing certain scenes.
Charles Spencer, Diana’s brother, suggested each episode should begin with a warning explaining it is a dramatization and not completely accurate.
However the show’s creator Peter Morgan defended his decisions on the basis of artistic license.
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