The conclusion at El Pais is that the custodians of the National Heritage Trust were at fault in the way the instrument was handled and stored. It fell onto the floor during a photoshoot staged on behalf of an expert luthier, who had been engaged to study the royal collection.
The cost of repairing the priceless instrument – one of of only 60 known Stradivarius cellos in existence – will be met by the taxpayer.
The accident, apparently, occurred on April 13. It took almost a month for word of it to leak yesterday to El Mundo.