Albert, Prince Consort

Albert, Prince Consort

Prince Consort of the United Kingdom

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was the husband of Queen Victoria 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.… Read More

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Albert was baptised into the Lutheran Evangelical Church on 19 September 1819 in the Marble Hall at Schloss Rosenau with water taken from the local river, the Itz. … Read More
1824 4 Years Old Albert and his elder brother, Ernest, spent their youth in a close companionship marred by their parents' turbulent marriage and eventual separation and divorce. After their mother was exiled from court in 1824, she married her lover, Alexander von Hanstein, Count of Polzig and Beiersdorf. … Read More
1825 5 Years Old In 1825, Albert's great-uncle, Frederick IV, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, died. … Read More


1836 16 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1836 the idea of marriage between Albert and his cousin, Victoria, had arisen in the mind of their ambitious uncle Leopold, who had been King of the Belgians since 1831. … Read More
1839 19 Years Old 1 More Event
Albert returned to the United Kingdom with Ernest in October 1839 to visit the Queen, with the object of settling the marriage.


…  In June 1840, while on a public carriage ride, Albert and the pregnant Victoria were shot at by Edward Oxford, who was later judged insane. … Read More
1841 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 1841, he successfully removed the nursery from Lehzen's pervasive control, and in September 1842, Lehzen left Britain permanently—much to Albert's relief.
1842 22 Years Old Albert and Victoria were shot at again on both 29 and 30 May 1842, but were unhurt. … Read More
1844 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 1844, Victoria and Albert were apart for the first time since their marriage when he returned to Coburg on the death of his father.
1846 26 Years Old Unlike many landowners who approved of child labour and opposed Peel's repeal of the Corn Laws, Albert supported moves to raise working ages and free up trade. In 1846, Albert was rebuked by Lord George Bentinck when he attended the debate on the Corn Laws in the House of Commons to give tacit support to Peel. … Read More
1847 27 Years Old In 1847, Albert was elected Chancellor of the University of Cambridge after a close contest with the Earl of Powis, who was killed accidentally by his own son during a pheasant shoot the following year. … Read More
1848 28 Years Old In May the following year, Albert leased Balmoral, which he had never visited, and in September 1848 he, his wife and the older children went there for the first time. They came to relish the privacy it afforded. Revolutions spread throughout Europe in 1848 as the result of a widespread economic crisis. … Read More


…  He was heavily involved with the organisation of the Great Exhibition of 1851, which was a resounding success. … Read More
1852 - 1857 3 More Events
1858 38 Years Old …  He felt keenly the departure of his eldest daughter for Prussia when she married her fiancé at the beginning of 1858, and was disappointed that his eldest son, the Prince of Wales, did not respond well to the intense educational programme that Albert had designed for him. … Read More
1859 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Recognised as a supporter of education and technological progress, he was invited to speak at scientific meetings, such as the memorable address he delivered as president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science when it met at Aberdeen in 1859.


1860 40 Years Old During a trip to Coburg in the autumn of 1860 he was driving alone in a carriage drawn by four horses that suddenly bolted. … Read More
The last public event he presided over was the opening of the Royal Horticultural Gardens on 5 June 1861. … Read More
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