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Dolly Parton Rejects Princess of Wales’ Tea Invitation Due to Busy Schedule
Dolly Parton revealed that she declined an invitation from the Princess of Wales to have tea during her visit to the United Kingdom due to her tight schedule. The 77-year-old country music icon discussed this during an appearance on Claudia Winkleman’s BBC Radio 2 show, where she talked about her visit to London to promote her latest album “Rockstar.” Parton expressed her regret that her packed agenda even prevented her from meeting with Kate Middleton.
During the interview, Dolly Parton humorously remarked, “This time, Lordy, I even got invited to have tea with Kate [Middleton].” The iconic “9 to 5” star went on to express her regret, saying, “And I felt so bad… I couldn’t even go! They had all this stuff set up.”
It seems that Parton’s busy schedule left her unable to partake in tea with Kate Middleton, further highlighting her packed agenda during her visit to the United Kingdom.
Parton continued with appreciation, saying, “But I thought that was very sweet and kind of her to extend the invitation for tea.” She expressed her anticipation, sharing, “One of these days, I’ll surely find the time for that. Wouldn’t that have been wonderful?”
Injecting her trademark humor, the acclaimed singer-songwriter quipped about her reason for declining the tea invitation, saying, “She [Middleton] wasn’t going to promote my rock album, so I had to decline. But I do hope she gets a chance to listen to it.”
Parton’s jesting remark showcased her lightheartedness and the playful spirit that she brings to her interactions.
Although Parton’s recent visit to the UK didn’t allow for meetings with the royal family, she has graced them with her performances in the past. People magazine pointed out that her most recent performance for the royal household was over 25 years ago.
One notable occasion was her participation in the late Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee celebration in 1977. Recalling the experience during a recent interview, Parton admitted feeling nervous about the protocol, including curtsying before the queen. However, she noted that Queen Elizabeth’s attitude was more relaxed, sharing, “Even though you have to adhere to protocol, like bowing and such, I could sense that she wasn’t particularly concerned about that. It was simply something she had to do. And if anyone made a mistake, it was perfectly fine.”
Parton’s recollections highlight the human aspect beneath the formalities of such events and reveal the monarch’s understanding and grace in such situations.
Parton shared her apprehension about curtsying correctly, revealing, “I was scared to death that I wouldn’t get the curtsy right, that I wouldn’t bend correctly. However, she was incredibly warm and kind, and I could sense her generosity.” Parton expressed her admiration for the queen, sharing, “Just having the chance to meet the Queen of England, any queen, was truly incredible.”
On a musical note, Parton’s album “Rockstar” is set for release on November 17th. The album boasts collaborations with renowned music icons such as Ringo Starr, Stevie Nicks, Sting, Simon Le Bon, and many more. It promises to be a remarkable compilation that showcases Parton’s enduring influence and connections within the music industry.