Kate smiling behind a piano

Kate invited to join Eurovision stars’ tour after surprise song contest performance

Kate, Princess of Wales, made a surprise appearance during the opening performance of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

The Princess of Wales has been given the opportunity of a lifetime should she wish to pursue a career in music. Kate stunned millions of viewers on Saturday evening as she played the piano as part of the Eurovision grand final’s opening performance. The pre-recorded performance by the senior royal was included in a special rendition of last year’s winning song Stefania by Kalush Orchestra.

A few days after the performance was unveiled, Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra members publicly thanked Kate and praised her “impressive piano skills”.

A statement by the hip-hop folk group read: “We want to thank HRH Princess of Wales for joining us for our performance.

“It shows the depth of support the UK has for Ukraine and helps us highlight to the world what our country is going through.”

Kate smiling behind a piano

Kate appeared during the opening act at the Eurovision Song Festival’s final (Image: GETTY)

Kate playing the piano

Kate played the piano at Windsor Castle (Image: GETTY)


The Kalush Orchestra won last year’s Eurovision with the song Stefania (Image: Getty)

Joking, the musicians added: “It also shows impressive piano skills and we would be definitely like to invite her to tour with us if she would like to pursue a new career in a hip-hop folk band?!”

In the 10-second clip, the princess could be seen playing the piano in a blue Jenny Packham dress and earrings that belonged to late Queen Elizabeth II.

The royal wasn’t the only notable person to have contributed to the special video, which showed the Ukrainian group singing Stefania from the Maidan Nezalezhnosti metro station in the heart of Kyiv.

Other guest stars included Eurovision 2022’s runner-up Sam Ryder, Ballet Black and Joss Stone.

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Visit Ukrainian Cultural Centre

Kate and William at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre (Image: Getty)

In the clip, the princess can be seen laughing behind the black piano before performing her piece.

The message accompanying the footage added: “A Eurovision surprise. A pleasure to join Kalush Orchestra in a special performance of last year’s winning @eurovision entry. Enjoy the show, Liverpool”.

Kate, who has grade three piano and grade five theory, had already showed off her musical skills at a different televised event in 2021.

In a pre-recorded clip broadcast part of her special carol service filmed at Westminster Abbey, Kate accompanied pop star Tom Walker as he performed For Those Who Can’t Be Here.

Since Vladimir Putin ordered a full-scale invasion of the European country, several royals have publicly expressed their disbelief and acted in support of Ukraine.

In a speech delivered on March 1, the now King Charles called Russia’s invasion a “brutal aggression”.

A few days later, William and Kate met volunteers at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in London.

Two months ago, the Prince of Wales made an unannounced visit to Poland to visit British and Polish troops helping Ukraine’s war effort against Russia.