Eurovision Song Contest: Princess Catherine makes surprise appearance on piano

LIVERPOOL, England — Catherine, the Princess of Wales, made a surprise appearance during the opening of the Eurovision Song Contest grand final show on Saturday.

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The 41-year-old princess appeared in a prerecorded film clip playing an instrumental version of Kalush Orchestra’s song, “Stefania,” on the piano, Variety reported. Catherine recorded the song earlier this month in the Crimson Drawing Room of Windsor Castle, according to the entertainment news website.

The Ukrainian-based Kalush Orchestra was last year’s winner in the Eurovision competition. People reported.

The video clip included other artists including Lloyd-Webber and Ms Banks, last year’s runner-up Sam Ryder, Ballet Black, Bolt Strings, and Joss Stone, according to Variety.

This year’s event was held in Liverpool, the website reported. Traditionally it would be held in the country that won the previous year’s competition, but officials with the European Broadcasting Union, which owns and organizes the show, deemed it too risky to have it in war-torn Ukraine.

Kensington Palace released several images of the princess recording the session, dressed in a blue silk one-shoulder dress as she played a grand piano, People reported.

The princess, who learned how to play the piano as a child, previously played during a Christmas carol concert she hosted on Dec. 8, 2021, according to the magazine.

She accompanied singer Tom Walker, who performed “For Those Who Can’t Be Here,” surrounded by candles lighting up Westminster Abbey, People reported.

This year’s competition was won by Swedish singer Loreen for her ballad, “Tattoo,” according to The Associated Press. It is the second time Loreen has won the event. She also took the 2012 contest with “Euphoria,” CNN reported.

Sweden and Ireland have now won the event seven times apiece, according to the cable news outlet.

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