Albert, Prince Consort

Noble person

1819 – 1861

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Who was Albert, Prince Consort?

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was the husband of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

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.

He died at the early age of 42, plunging the Queen into a deep mourning that lasted for the rest of her life.

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Born
Aug 26, 1819
Coburg
Also known as
  • Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
  • Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
  • Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel
  • Albert
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • Germany
  • United Kingdom
Education
  • University of Bonn
Employment
  • University of Cambridge
Lived in
  • Bavaria
Died
Dec 14, 1861
Berkshire
Resting place
Frogmore

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