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Singers the Royals love to boogie to as Kate reveals music got her through bleak time

There’s nothing better than a good sing song at Christmas time – unless you’re a scrooge of course.

When it comes to the Royal Family, they’ve been pretty tight lipped about their favourite tunes.

It’s rare to hear our princes and princesses singing anything but a Christmas carol or church hymn in public. But they surely must like a pop tune or two?!

In a newly released introduction for her Westminster Abbey carol concert with Covid heroes (set to air on Christmas Eve), Kate Middleton revealed how she turned to music to get her through a “bleak time” during the pandemic.

She said: “Music was so important to me during the pandemic as I think it was to so many people too.”

The Duchess asked her favourite singers Ellie Goulding and Leona Lewis to perform at the concert for ITV.

From The Monkees to Whitney Houston and even Happy Birthday, these are the tunes our Royals boogie to.

The Queen

When Her Majesty turned 90 in 2016, we were treated to an insight into her music taste.

In BBC documentary Our Queen: 90 Musical Years , her relatives shared her ‘very danceable’ favourites.

“The Queen loves the theatre and musicals like Showboat, Oklahoma! and Annie Get Your Gun,” said her cousin Lady Elizabeth Anson. “These were the tunes that remained in one’s head and were very danceable to.”

Her Majesty is also reportedly a fan of Cheek to Cheek by Fred Astair, Sing by Gary Barlow and Leaning on a Lamp-post by George Formby.

Meghan Markle

The Duchess of Sussex and former Suits star has a very American favourite among her music collection.

In 2017 she told Lifestyle magazine (now Claur) that I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) by Whitney Houston is her go-to song whenever she’s feeling happy.

A year later she said “I do” to Prince Harry and the pair danced to the 1987 hit at their royal wedding, according to friend and Luther actor Idris Elba.

Prince William and Kate Middleton

In 2011 the whole country turned on their tellies to watch Prince William and Kate exchange vows.

What we didn’t see was Brit Award-winning singer Ellie Goulding perform at the royal wedding reception.

Ellie sang a cover of Elton John’s Your Song for the couple’s first dance and later performed Starry Eyed – reportedly a favourite of the newlyweds.

Prince William recently shared another of his favourite songs which reminds him of his mum Princess Diana.

In a special episode of Apple Fitness+ series Time To Walk, he said: “When I was younger, Harry and I, we were at boarding school. And my mother used to play all sorts of songs to kind of while away the anxiety of going back to school.

“One of the songs that has stuck with me all this time, and I still, to this day, quite enjoy secretly, is Tina Turner's The Best because sitting in the backseat, singing away, it felt like a real family moment.

“My mother, she'd be driving along, singing at the top of her voice. And we'd even get the policeman in the car, he'd be occasionally singing along, as well.”

Prince Louis

While William and Kate favour pop music their son, three-year-old Prince Louis, has a much simpler and sweet top hit.

Before his second birthday, Kate celebrated the 25th anniversary of Place2Be – a charity that supports children’s mental health – at Buckingham Palace.

During the reception, the Duchess suggested she should sing “Happy Birthday” to two of the choir singers. She then revealed the celebration song was “One of [Prince] Louis’ favourites.”

Meanwhile Meghan and Harry recently revealed that Archie’s favourite song is ‘Head, shoulders, knees and toes’ – aww!

Princess Eugenie

Daydream Believer by The Monkees is Princess Eugenie’s favourite song, and it’s for a very cute reason.

In 2017, she shared that her mum, Sarah Ferguson, would sing the 60s hit to her when she was carsick as a child.

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Recalling the memory on video for an End The Silence orphans campaign, Eugenie said: “Growing up I used to get really car sick and we used to go on all these trips and journeys. I always remember coming to the last moment of getting there, and I'd be like, 'how long until we get there?’

“Everyone in the car would be like, 'it's just around the corner.' And then I'd get really sick and they'd turn this [Daydream Believer] on and say, 'cheer up sleepy Jean’.

“Maybe it's because my name's Eugenie, like Jean. My mum sang it, my friends sang it, everyone.”

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