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  • Writer's pictureDale Roberts

King Charles's favourite Eurovision song

The Royal Family haven't publicly appeared at Eurovision but there are a number of links between them and the Contest.

Earlier this year, Sam Ryder revealed that Kate, the new Princess of Wales, had told him that the family had supported him at Eurovision.

"She is so kind and said that the royal family had all been supporting me for a while and all throughout Eurovision," he said.

He also added that Beatrice was "just so lovely and encouraging and supporting, and just generous with her kindness. What I gather is a lot of the members of the royal family had seen Eurovision and were supporting my song from home, which means a lot."

Sam Ryder went on to perform at the Queen's Jubilee Concert.

But it is the new head of the monarchy, King Charles III, who has given an even stronger indication that Eurovision is followed in the Royal household.

In 2021, the now King recorded a show with British hospital radio as part of National Thank You Day for the British Nation Health Service (NHS).

In the show he revealed his favourite songs of all time, naming 13 of them.

Among the mix was 1996 Eurovision winner 'The Voice' by Eimear Quinn for Ireland.

This was the last winner for Ireland and is also a fan favourite, finishing at no.146 in the annual ESC 250 countdown.

We don't know if the late Queen Elizabeth II was a fan of Eurovision but her Coronation, which was televised live, did help pave wave for the Contest we know and love today. Read more about that here.

King Charles's full list of songs were:

'Bennachie' – Old Blind Dogs

'Don’t Rain On My Parade' – Barbra Streisand

'Givin’ Up, Givin’ In' – The Three Degrees

'La Mer' – Charles Trenet

'La Vie En Rose' – Edith Piaf

'Lulu’s Back In Town' – Dick Powell

'The Click Song' – Miriam Makeba

'The Voice' – Eimear Quinn

'They Can’t Take That Away From Me' – Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

'Tros Y Garreg/Crossing the Stone' – Catrin Finch

'Tydi a Roddaist' – Bryn Terfel

'Upside Down' – Diana Ross

'You’re A Lady' – Peter Skellern

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