What did the Queen Mum like to listen to?

Ladies and gentlemen, one of the great royal mysteries of our age has been solved. Yes, thanks to newly released documents, we’ve finally learned what kind of music the Queen Mother liked to listen to. It turns out that the late Queen Mum, who died at the youthful age of 101 and was recently played by Helena Bonham Carter in The King’s Speech, was a big fan of ska and Paul Simon’s Graceland. Additionally, the Queen Mum kept a collection of about 100 records at the Castle of Mey in Caithness. As Yahoo Music UK puts it:

These include compilations of Caribbean steel bands, Canadian yodelling, Rodgers & Hammerstein show tunes, folk music, Winston Churchill wartime speeches, Noel Coward performances, comedy albums by The Goons and Tony Hancock and, fittingly, the soundtrack to ‘The King & I’.

Read the full Yahoo story here for more information about her musical tastes and a story of a Noel Coward led sing along.  A tip of the hat to European Correspondent Sarah Flocken for finding this.

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