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A group surrounds a harpsichord playing instruments

Many members of the royal family were talented musicians

Cambridge : Hills & Saunders

Buckingham Palace Ball Room 1873

RCIN 2101735

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Queen Victoria's wish for large rooms to host musical performances and offer entertaining in Buckingham Palace came to fruition in 1852 when architect James Pennethorne completed two new rooms: the Ball Room and the Ball Supper Room, linked by galleries to Nash’s state apartments at their southern end. This photograph provides wonderful documentation of what the ballroom looked like in its original design. Edward VII swiftly redecorated it in white and gold finish coming to the throne in 1901.