Princess of Wales' Berkshire piano teacher writes song for ‘entire nation’ to sing at coronation

Watch 'Defender of Us' All performed by singers in Bucklebury.

A music teacher who taught the Princess of Wales and her family to play the piano has composed a song to celebrate the King’s coronation.

Daniel Nicholls, 58, who lives near the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, says he wants the whole nation to learn and sing Defender Of Us All by the time of the ceremony on May 6.

Mr Nicholls co-wrote the song with his wife Sandra, 65, because they were inspired by Charles’s “desire for inclusivity and diversity”.

“We sent it out to schools in England and Scotland and we’ve had very positive responses to it" he said.

Mr Nicholls co-wrote the song with his wife Sandra Credit: Sandra Nicholls/PA

“Our aim is to get all schools to sing it on the Friday before the coronation and then have the entire nation singing it on May 6.

“It’s all a bit grand, but what we thought would be an amazing thing to celebrate the coronation would be if the entire nation sang a song.

The Princess of Wales, pictured last week, learned the piano as a child Credit: PA

“This is really for everybody; wouldn’t it be wonderful to get everyone together and have a positive attitude to things?

“It’s what we British are good at, on the day of the coronation have the entire nation, even outside Westminster Abbey, singing together.”

Mr Nicholls, who taught Kate when she was between the ages of 11 and 13, joked the song could be a “new national anthem” which anybody can learn and sing.

In 2011, he wrote a song for Kate and the Prince of Wales’s wedding.

He also wrote a song for Kate’s wedding Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

Mr Nicholls added: “It just seemed very appropriate to write another one for William’s dad, we have actually sent it to the Palace and the King and we’re awaiting a reply.”

He also taught Kate’s sister Pippa and her brother James.

Mrs Nicholls said: “It’s just light and fun and free, schools are loving it.

“A few have suggested doing it at 11am on the Friday before the coronation.

The recording, the sheet music and a backing track are all available at