Amid her many talents Condoleezza Rice is also a trained concert pianist. She originally planned a career in music and enrolled at university to study the subject, before switching to political science.
The outgoing American Secretary of State fulfilled a dream by giving a recital to her majesty. She performed a piece by Brahms, her favourite composer, in a music room at Buckingham Palace during her last foreign tour before President-elect Barack Obama takes office next month.
She was accompanied on violin by Louise Miliband, the wife of Foreign Secretary David Miliband, and three London Symphony Orchestra members. There was only an hour to practise with the musicians beforehand.
Afterwards, the Queen presented her guest with a recording of the recital as a gift.