Prince Charles’s love for classical music came to good use when his eldest son, Prince William, married his college sweetheart Kate Middleton in 2011.
Prince Charles has been a lifetime supporter of the arts, and for him, in particular, classical music holds a special place in his heart.
The 71-year-old father of two revealed in a recent two-part special with Classic FM—where he talked with Alan Titchmarsh and played a selection of his classic favorites—that he contributed to his son’s wedding by making some music suggestions.
Prince Charles revealed that he enjoys organizing pieces of music for certain joyous occasions, pieces that he hopes people find interesting.
Since Prince William was aware of his father’s hobby, he was more than happy when Prince Charles suggested a few pieces for the heir’s wedding to Kate Middleton.
“I hope that gave some people pleasure,” Prince Charles added, “but it’s rather fun having orchestras in for great occasions like that, and why not suggest a few pieces occasionally? Anyway... I do enjoy it.”
Prince George, who will be turning 7 in July, is already a lover of the arts.
According to The Spruce, the pieces played at Westminster Abbey on the royal wedding day were a mix of classic songs and some commissioned pieces.
As guests arrived at the abbey, they were welcomed by organ pieces from Johann Sebastian Bach and some orchestra pieces by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Edward Elgar, and Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, among others.
Three of the pieces held a special meaning for the young couple, as the songs had been played at Prince Charles’ wedding to the Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Prince Charles also recalled in the radio special the first time he became aware of classical music at age 7.
The Prince explained that, although he had heard some pieces while growing up, it wasn’t until his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, took him to see a performance at Covent Garden that he started loving classical music.
"It must have been in 1956 to see the Bolshoi Ballet perform," he recalled and added:
“It was their first visit to the United Kingdom and I shall never forget that incredible occasion."
The royal also reflected on the importance of the influence of grandparents, or any other relatives, when it comes to instilling the love for the arts in children, something that he seems keen on continuing to do with his grandchildren.
Prince George, who will be turning 7 in July, is already a lover of the arts. According to his proud mother, the boy is already learning how to play the guitar and is taking ballet lessons too.
The young Prince and his sister, Princess Charlotte, are currently being homeschooled amid the lockdown imposed to help stop the spread of COVID-19 around the world.