What type of music do you think the Queen likes? If you said “show tunes,” you’re right! Her Majesty’s penchant for songs originally written for musicals was recently revealed by opera tenor Dennis McNeil, who was invited to sing at Winfield House, the home of the American Ambassador to the United Kingdom, last month.
“We reached out to the palace for her musical tastes, and her Lady in Waiting informed us she loves show tunes,” Dennis recently told People. He said there’s one musical in particular the monarch loves the most: Oklahoma!. Dennis said he spent the evening performing songs from beloved productions such as South Pacific, along with Frank Sinatra’s “It Had to Be You” and “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,” the latter of which is from Oklahoma!.
Dennis told the publication that during the number from South Pacific, Her Majesty “applied a fresh coat of lipstick,” and he mentioned she was “tapping her feet” during “It Had to Be You.” She also apparently leaned over and told another guest it was “so nice to hear real music” while he was performing the song. But Dennis said she went even further during “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning,” when she sang along! “That was really cool,” said the tenor, who has performed for five American presidents.
The singer, who has also performed with Beyoncé, U2 and The Beatles, got the chance to meet Her Majesty, who he said was wearing a “silver gown that shimmered” and told him the music was “delightful” when he left. “She is an itty bitty thing, but she does not come off as itty bitty,” Dennis said. “She has such grace and strength.”