This yr marks the primary time Britain has had a stable probability of profitable Eurovision in additional than a decade, and Kate Middleton made certain tonight’s Grand Closing received off to a headline-grabbing begin by collaborating within the occasion’s opening movie.
Posted to Instagram on Might 13, the brief clip sees final yr’s champions, Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra, performing their profitable entry of “Stefania” in Kyiv’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti station, interspersed with cutaways to UK-based abilities starting from Andrew Lloyd Webber to Ms. Banks. For her half, the Princess of Wales carried out a brief instrumental piece for her cameo, filmed at a piano within the Crimson Drawing Room of Windsor Citadel.
The video was, in fact, prerecorded, with the Princess carrying a one-shouldered Jenny Packham robe to play Joe Worth and Kojo Samuel’s composition. You possibly can watch the clip right here.
The efficiency—and her selection of a Ukrainian-blue costume—is a welcome present of assist for the jap European nation greater than a yr into Russia’s invasion. Controversially, the European Broadcasting Union banned President Zelensky from making an handle in the course of the contest this yr out of issues that it will violate the competitors’s alleged political neutrality.
This isn’t the primary time that Kate Middleton has used trend to sign her assist for Ukraine. The Princess paired a blue Alexander McQueen jumper with a badge bearing the Ukrainian flag for a go to to the nation’s Cultural Centre in London final March, earlier than dropping into Studying’s Ukrainian Group Centre in November carrying a navy-and-mustard LK Bennett costume. Her choice to fulfill First Woman Olena Zelenska at Buckingham Palace within the run-up to the Queen’s funeral was likewise a robust assertion. Kate might not communicate out usually relating to politics – famously protecting her playing cards near her chest about virtually all the pieces – however when she does make her emotions recognized, the world listens.
This text was initially revealed by British Vogue.