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Detail from Hayter's painting of Victoria and Albert's marriage, showing the pair holding hands at the alter with onlookers in the background

The arts were a great shared passion of Victoria and Albert

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)

Song Without Words as a Piano Duet 1847

RCIN 1047149

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The royal couple also enjoyed listening to, composing and playing music together, as attested to by Queen Victoria's many journal entries.

Mendelssohn was one of their favourite composers, and one who they met personally on a number of occasions. He sent this arrangement of one of his piano pieces to Prince Albert in 1847, intended for the Prince and Queen to play together as a duet.