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A group surrounds a harpsichord playing instruments
Music in the Royal Collection

Many members of the royal family were talented musicians


Grand piano


RCIN 2426

This Erard grand piano was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1856 and was intended as a showpiece to form part of the furnishings of the state rooms. The gilded case is decorated in the French early 18th century style with cherubs and singeries – comical scenes involving monkeys playing musical instruments and making mischief. Queen Victoria owned a piano decorated in a similar manner almost twenty years earlier. In her diary of 5 March 1839, she wrote, ‘Lord Melbourne admired the new painted piano I have in the drawing-room, and said, ‘I like those monkeys on it.’’

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