Rocking the Palace - Royal Family Musical Tastes

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William and Kate cutting the rug, so to speak.

As the world braces itself for royal wedding fever, what do we know about the musical tastes of Prince William and his soon to be wife Kate Middleton?

William's mother Princess Diana was a massive pop music fan, naming Duran Duran as her favourite group and Canadian songwriter Bryan Adams as her favourite singer, (Adams is said to have had an affair with Diana, and wrote the ballad "Diana"about her).

Bryan Adams Princess Diana.jpgThe princess loved the pop world, and was seen at various concerts like the historic 1985 Live Aid extravaganza at Wembley Stadium, where organizer Bob Geldof presented the princess with a bunch of flowers... that he'd bought on route to the venue at a local petrol station!

Little is known about Kate and William's taste in music (which could mean that they don't have any), but they were seen getting down to the Body Rockers' hit "I Like The Way You Move" and Primal Scream's "Rocks" at Tom Parker Bowles's wedding a few years ago.

Maybe James Blunt will be invited and come armed with his guitar? Working in the British army, James Blunt was one of the officers carrying the Queen Mother's coffin at her funeral on April 9, 2002. What were his big hits? Oh yes, "You're Beautiful" and "Goodbye My Lover" - very apt. Will Sir Elton John, who performed at Diana's funeral, feature on the bill and land himself another chart-topping single?

Plans are under way for the post-royal wedding reception dinner dance, with Kate Middleton wanting the music of ABBA. On the other hand, Prince William likes the music of the 1980s, such as Culture Club, Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran, plus the British hip hop artist, Dizzee Rascal.

Daniel Nicholls.jpgEveryone is getting in on the act: the man who taught Kate Middleton how to play piano has made a special gift for the royal couple's wedding. Daniel Nicholls, who lives just a stone's throw from the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, has composed his own song for the couple. He has also sent a recording of "A Song for Kate (and William)" to them as a unique wedding present.

Anyway, all will soon become clear: William and Kate have joined forces with the tech geniuses at Apple to make it just a little easier to bask in their wedded bliss. Thanks to a new partnership between the royals and iTunes, Wedding gawkers will be able to download the audio from the April 29th ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London mere hours after Wills and Kate say "I Do".

And my last thought: some people believe our lives are profoundly influenced by whatever pop song was number 1 on the day we were born. Well, on 9th January 1982, the day Kate was born, The Human League were at number 1 with "Don't You Want Me", and on William's birthdate, 21 June 1982, one-hit-wonder Charlene was at number 1 with 'I've Never Been To Me'. 

Oh, and if you were interested, on 1st July 1961, the day Diana The Princess of Wales was born, Del Shannon was at number with "Runaway".

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A former musician, Neil was in the 80's group The Cheaters who were once signed to EMI's Parlophone label, and released three albums. He was also a radio presenter and is still a regular music pundit on various BBC stations. Neil is the founder of the award winning web site This Day in Music which is…

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