Jessica Mulroney’s son Brian was stunned by the sound of trumpets at Duchess Meghanand Prince Harry’s royal wedding in 2018, and now one of those brass instruments is up for sale! But it isn’t cheap. Musician David Blackadder has listed his trumpet on eBay for £5,000 (just over $8,700), along with an order of service from the royal couple’s big day.
In his listing, David says the instrument was used to play “Eternal Source of Light Divine,” from composer George Frideric Handel’s Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne. The cantata, which was written in 1713, was played while Meghan walked down the aisle to meet Harry at the altar of St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. “This is a once in a lifetime chance to own a true piece of Royal history,” the listing reads.
“The trumpet would only be sitting in a case at my house, so I thought why not sell it,” David told the Daily Mail. “I could have kept it and passed it on to my grandchildren, but I would rather let someone else have it and enjoy it.”
This is not a B-flat-tuned instrument like trumpets typically seen in modern orchestras and played by jazz musicians, and it doesn’t have valves. It is a natural trumpet tuned in D at Baroque pitch, and was manufactured in Norfolk, England. Baroque trumpets are based on those designed in the 16 th to 18th centuries, and players must use their lips to hit the notes.
While David told the Daily Mail he isn’t aware of any other instruments from the royal wedding that are up for sale, the trumpet certainly isn’t the only item from the ceremony that’s gone on eBay lately. Earlier this month, three gift bags from the nuptials showed up on the site – one of which was going for a whopping $5,237.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex – who said “I do” at St George’s Chapel on the Windsor Castle grounds in May 2018 – opened their big day to 1,200 members of the public. The ceremony was also watched by 1.9 billion people worldwide, which, if you’re keeping track, is about a quarter of the world’s population.