Royalty often appear in the audience of the Eurovision Song Contest, but usually don’t express their favourite songs. Now the HRH Prince of Wales has revealed that Eimear Quinn’s Eurovision 1996 winning song “The Voice” is among his favourite tunes.
Prince Charles revealed some of his favourite songs on British hospital radio as part of National Thank You Day. He shared his favourite tunes as a way of giving thanks to staff and volunteers of the British NHS public health system.
Eimear Quinn‘s 1996 song “The Voice” is among the 13 songs selected for the radio programme. The Celtic-inspired song was Ireland’s entry in the 1996 edition of Eurovision. Eimear Quinn’s ethereal vocals captivated the juries of Europe and gave Ireland its seventh — and to date last — Eurovision victory.
The “Voice” is the only Eurovision entry among Prince Charles’ favourites. It’s also notable that HRH selected a Eurovision song from the Republic of Ireland, rather than a United Kingdom Eurovision hit.
Prince Charles favourites are restricted to songs from the 20th century. His picks include tunes from different countries and different cultures. As well as the Celtic balladry of “The Voice”, His Royal Highness also has songs from South African singer Miriam Makeba, French chanteuse Edith Piaf, Welsh opera singer Bryn Terfel, Hollywood icons Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Scottish folk group Old Blind Dogs among others.
On the radio show, Prince Charles reveals that he picked the 1970s disco number “Givin’ Up Givin’ In” by The Three Degrees because it was played at his 30th birthday. He said it was “one of my favourites and, long ago, used to provide me with an irresistible urge to get up and dance”.
Prince Charles’ favourite songs
- “Givin’ Up, Givin’ In” – The Three Degrees
- “Don’t Rain On My Parade” – Barbra Streisand
- “La Vie En Rose” – Edith Piaf
- “Upside Down” – Diana Ross
- “The Voice” – Eimear Quinn
- “The Click Song” – Miriam Makeba
- “You’re A Lady” – Peter Skellern
- “La Mer” – Charles Trenet
- “Bennachie” – Old Blind Dogs
- “Lulu’s Back In Town” – Dick Powell
- “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” – Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
- “Tros Y Garreg/Crossing the Stone” – Catrin Finch
- “Tydi a Roddaist” – Bryn Terfel
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