The surprising member of the Royal Family is a huge fan of Eminem and Ice Cube

The Duchess of Kent says that rap music from Eminem "gets her toes tapping"

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The Royal Family are known for having eclectic taste in music; Prince William reportedly counts Linkin Park among his favorite bands, while Prince Charles has spoken of his love for Diana Ross and Barbra Streisand. 


Katharine, Duchess of Kent, who is married to Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, has revealed she's a big fan of rap music, with Eminem and Ice Cube among her favorite artists.

In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, the royal revealed she has a very varied music taste.

"I'll listen to anything" she told Camilla Tominey for the paper. "If it makes my feet tap, then I'm happy."

And while she didn't know the artists names off by heart, she identified tracks from Eminem and Ice Cube as some of her preferred tunes.

She also revealed that listens to the radio to find the music she likes, explaining that she prefers music that, "catches my ear on the radio – I don’t really listen to records."

The duchess concluded, "I just love music."

Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Michael of Kent arrive in an open carriage to attend Royal Ascot 2022 at Ascot Racecourse otn June 14, 2022 in Asco

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As well as rap music, the Duchess of Kent also spoke of an appreciation of 'beat boxing' and even said she would give thrash metal a try, "but possibly not for long."

In the interview, the duchess speaks about how her love of music was cemented as a child, when she learned to play a number of instruments. 

She tried her hand at the piano, violin and organ, narrowly missing out on a place at the Royal College of Music in London.

The duchess then went on to set up a music charity in later life called Future Talent, in a bid to "break down barriers, create opportunities and harness the power of music to transform lives across the UK."

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