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Condoleezza Rice Plays Private Piano Recital For The Queen

Published: Tue December 02, 2008  News Feed

TOP US diplomat Condoleezza Rice took time out from her busy diplomatic schedule Monday to play a little piano - in the form of a recital at Buckingham Palace for Queen Elizabeth II, royal officials said.

The secretary of state, in London for talks with Prime Minister Gordon Brown, was accompanied in her performance of Brahms by Foreign Secretary David Miliband's wife Louise, and three members of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Ms Rice is an accomplished pianist who started playing when she was a child.

A palace spokeswoman said Ms Rice "expressed a wish to play at Buckingham Palace and the Queen offered her to play in the music room.''

The Queen listened to part of the private performance and afterwards, presented Rice with a recording of the recital as a present.

It was an evening with a difference when the Queen met the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at Buckingham Palace.

Ms Rice, who is a trained concert pianist, played in front of the Queen and the Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

The Queen brought one curious palace pet to heel before the recital began.
 
 
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