Streisand’s coronation greetings to her friend, the King

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Streisand’s coronation greetings to her friend, the King

From their first meeting in 1974, the monarch and the singer have had a bond that she shared on his big day

Brigit Grant is the Jewish News Supplements Editor

On the day of the coronation Streisand expressed her affection for King Charles III
On the day of the coronation Streisand expressed her affection for King Charles III

During its pre-Coronation coverage on  the morning of May 6, the BBC featured interviews with numerous famous people – Sir Tim Peake, Dame Harriet Walter and US politician John Kerry among them – all  of whom spent time with the King because of their occupations  or mutual interests.

Few expected Barbra Streisand to pop up in that prestigious mix, but the celebrated Jewish singer was keen to express her congratulations from Los Angeles, and in doing so spoke of  their friendship.

Smiling to camera Streisand  explained that she had struck up a bond with the then heir to the throne  back in the 1970s, when he visited her on set   in Los Angeles.

Charles was just 26 and serving in the Royal Navy as a young lieutenant on the frigate HMS Jupiter, when a stop in the United States navy’s base in San Diego lead to him visiting Streisand who was filming Funny Lady,  the sequel to  Funny Girl.

That meeting was in Streisand’s mind when she spoke to the BBC, but it seems to have stayed with the King, who mentioned it in 2021 when he  appeared on the radio programme  Music and Memories  as part of the UK’s national Thank You Day to honour the NHS for their work during the pandemic.


Another meeting for the iconic singer and the future King.

In the interview, Charles reminisced fondly about that first encounter with  the singer,  adding that : “I have always been a great admirer of the incredibly versatile American actress and singer Barbra Streisand. I was lucky enough to visit her on set and I shall never forget her dazzling, effervescent talent and the unique vitality and attraction of her voice and her acting ability.”

He then chose ‘Don’t Rain on my Parade,’ as his next song, explaining that it was  “full of special memories of—I hardly dare think of it now—47 years ago.”

On the morning of the coronation, Streisand’endorsed her friendship with the King who  won her over  when they first met by asking what tea she was drinking to improve her vocals.

That memorable meeting when they shared a cup of tea

“I asked if he wanted to try it and he took a sip. I was impressed that he did not mind sharing” said the star who subsequently spent time at Highgrove House in Tetbury for a fundraiser and loved walking through his gardens. With their shared passion for the environment, it was inevitable the Hollywood legend and the future King would get along, but what the singer did not know was that the prince had a framed photograph of Streisand hung in his rooms when he was at Cambridge.

American author Christopher Andersen highlighted this in his 2022 biography ‘The King: The Life of Charles III, adding that the same photo went up on the wall of his bedroom at Buckingham Palace after graduation.  Unlikely as it is that the photo will still be there when the King and Queen Camilla move back in, well a fan can dream .

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