ANGRY republicans took to social media on Christmas Day to slam the Queen after she delivered her moving annual speech to the nation – for having a golden piano.
Her Majesty shared a touching traditional message, speaking about the importance of family and unifying the nation, tying up with the Royal Family’s annual Christmas celebrations in Sandringham.
Broadcast at 3pm on Christmas Day, the head of state praised the Commonwealth for “the bonds of affection it promotes, and a common desire to live in a better, more peaceful world.”
She told the nation that “Treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding.”
But despite this, anti-royals took to Twitter after the 92-year-old shared her wisdom, branding her “out of touch” and “pathetic” for sitting beside a gold piano in Buckingham Palace as she spoke.
One man posted: “Child poverty is at a modern high and Old Queen Lizzy is telling us all to stick together with her big gold piano and £365 million loft conversion paid by her struggling people.”
One posted on Twitter: “Always warms an old republican’s heart to see the billionaire head of an antiquated institution, surrounding themselves with gold in their modest 775-roomed detached home, while others are f***ing struggling to make ends meet.”
Others highlighted the plight of food bank users over Christmas, with one writing: “Queen says, from her humble and modest surroundings, family kept her ‘well occupied’ over the year.
“I suspect the thousands of mums and dads that use food banks and struggle on Universal Credit each week could say the same.”
And one Twitter user said: “I don’t understand the criticism old Mrs Windsor is getting over her gold piano while she lectures her subjects. It’s a fairly standard piece of furniture. I keep mine next to my diamond encrusted microwave.”
Others called the message “pathetic”, and “dire”.
But Good Morning Britain presenter, Susanna Reid, jumped to Her Majesty’s defence on the social media website.
Tweeting from her account @susannareid100, the ITV host said: “She’s the Queen. She has many Palaces. And staff. And have you seen her crown?
“She’s not ‘one of us’…and yet she brings us all together.”
Another Twitter user, called Shirley, wrote: “Get a life people, this is the Queen, why is it bad taste? Out of touch! Out of touch why? It looks very comfortable there. I guess you are republicans, and nothing would be ok for you!”
And firefighter trade union official Paul Embery joked on Twitter: “If she’d concluded her broadcast with a piano rendition of Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, the virtue-signallers would have been happy.”
The Queen’s gold piano which caused offence is intended as a showpiece for the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace.
First purchased by Queen Victoria in 1856, S & P Erard instrument is made of mahogany, satinwood and pine, with brass and gilt bronze mounts, gilded and varnished.
It underwent a major restoration with cleaning and repair before featuring in a Victoria and Albert exhibition, held in The Queen’s Gallery in 2010, to remove substantial dirt from the two main lids and the upper surfaces, and to restore varnish.
The Royal Collection Trust describes the surface as “painted by François Rochard in polychrome colours with singeries and Berainesque motifs.
“The mouldings and rim of the piano are bronze, chased and gilt.
“It is supported on three incurving cabriole legs of gilded wood with heavy floral garlands and carved at the top with two scrolls flanking a prominent flower.
“Pedal section in form of lyre in gilded wood with foliate decoration.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK