Albert, Prince Consort
1819 – 1861
Who was Albert, Prince Consort?
He was born in the Saxon duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld to a family connected to many of Europe's ruling monarchs. At the age of 20 he married his first cousin, Queen Victoria, with whom he would ultimately have nine children. At first, Albert felt constrained by his position as consort, which did not confer any power or duties upon him. Over time he adopted many public causes, such as educational reform and a worldwide abolition of slavery, and took on the responsibilities of running the Queen's household, estates and office. He was heavily involved with the organisation of the Great Exhibition of 1851. Albert aided in the development of Britain's constitutional monarchy by persuading his wife to show less partisanship in her dealings with Parliament—although he actively disagreed with the interventionist foreign policy pursued during Lord Palmerston's tenure as Foreign Secretary.
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- Aug 26, 1819
- Also known as
- Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
- Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
- Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel
- Queen Victoria
(1840/02/10 - 1861/12/14)
- Queen Victoria
- United Kingdom
- University of Bonn
- University of Cambridge
- Lived in
- Dec 14, 1861
- Resting place
on July 23, 2013