Unseen footage shows Princess Diana dazzling onlookers as she plays the piano
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Previously unseen footage of Princess Diana leaving an audience stunned as she showed off her impressive piano skills while on a royal trip to Australia has emerged.
The princess shocked a group of musicians at the Music College of the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia, when she sat at the piano and started playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 2.
Her incredible show came after Prince Charles was asked by his former cello teacher to play a few notes while he and his former wife were on their 1988 royal tour of the country.
The Prince of Wales accepts and delights those around him by playing a few notes.
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Unseen footage shows a shy-looking Princess Diana stunning onlookers when she starts playing the piano
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But he then abandons the task and the tutor turns to the princess.
He asks her to play the piano, said to be her "forte".
The princess, dressed in a dazzlingly elegant black and white suit and a matching hat, looks reluctant at first.
The princess was an accomplished musician having studied music during her school years
The footage shows the Princess of Wales playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 2.
But after some persuasion she gives in and takes to the keyboard to play what the ITN newsreader described as "complicated" music.
The shy-looking princess cuts it short and gets up from the piano stool.
The broadcaster described how a modest Diana hurried to escape the spotlight as he said: “She almost ran for cover, clearly embarrassed at her musical debut".
The incredible footage is topped off by the moment the impressed tutor stamps a congratulatory kiss on the royal's cheek after the unexpected performance.
The Princess of Wales started studying the piano during her school years and had become an accomplished pianist.
She took off her maternal grandmother Ruth Boche, Baroness Fermoy, who reportedly studied with Alfred Cortot at the Paris Conservatoire in the 1920s.
The princess was the main focus of paparazzi throughout her entire life since she married into the royal family, but was rarely seen indulging in her musical talent publicly.