31 July 2017

Theresa May leads a stirring ­rendition of the National Anthem at an Italian holiday hotel

THERESA May led a stirring ­rendition of the National Anthem at an Italian holiday hotel.

Seventy guests stood with the PM when the notes rang out in the piano bar.

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Theresa May with pianist Davide Foroni who played the National Anthem for the Prime Minister[/caption]

Brits and foreigners all joined in with Mrs May and her husband Philip at the five-star Villa Cortine Palace Hotel in Sirmione.

Mrs May, who stayed for five nights during a walking tour of Lombardy, was so pleased she gave pianist Davide Foroni a pair of No10 cuff-links as a thank you.

He said: “When I saw her in the bar I just thought, ‘I have to play God Save The Queen’.

“As soon as the first notes started she was on her feet with her husband proudly ­singing along. Everyone stood.

“There was a mixture of all nationalities. The British guests sang the words as well and at the end everyone clapped. Mrs May came and thanked me and we discussed her musical tastes.

“She likes everything from classical to contemporary and jazz. She liked Whitney Houston, The Beatles and Elton John and classics like Mozart. I’d say her music taste is more classical than contemporary.”

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70 guests stood and joined in the anthem in the piano room of the five-star Villa Cortine Palace Hotel in Sirmione[/caption]

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Mrs May has been a visitor to the Villa Cortine Palace Hotel in Italy for eight years[/caption]

Roberto Cappeletto, director of the £700-a-night hotel beside Lake Garda, said the Mays had been visiting for eight years.

He said: “Davide is a firm favourite with guests and when he played God Save The Queen Mrs May was delighted.

“She spoke to many guests. Davide told me that she likes all types of music and enjoyed tapping her feet in the evening but she didn’t dance.”

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