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 Albert Francis Charles Augustus Emmanuel Saxe-Gotha

Albert Francis Charles Augustus Emmanuel Saxe-Gotha

Birth
Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Death 14 Dec 1861 (aged 42)
Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough, Berkshire, England
Burial Kensington, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England
Plot Opposite the Albert Hall
Memorial ID 20372 · View Source
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Prince Consort of Great Britain. Born Franz Albrecht August Karl Emanuel, Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha at Schloss Rosenau near Coburg, Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the younger son of Ernst, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. He was educated in Brussels and Bonn. A marriage was arranged between him and his cousin, the young Queen Victoria of Great Britain and they wed on February 10, 1840. The queen’s deep infatuation with her husband would last the rest of her life and long past the end of his. Despite public suspicion of Albert’s German origin, some considered him the power behind the throne during the early years of Victoria’s long reign. Her wishes that he be honored as King Consort were ignored, however, and in 1857 Albert was given the title of Prince Consort. Throughout their marriage Prince Albert acted as Victoria's private secretary. Albert took an interest in the arts and sciences and planned and managed the Great Exhibition in 1851, the proceeds from which paid for the construction of the Royal Albert Hall. Known for his interest in science and education, Albert served as chancellor of Cambridge University from 1847 until 1861. During the eighteen years of his marriage he fathered nine children. At the age of 42 Albert fell fatally ill with what physicians at the time diagnosed typhoid. His early death plunged the queen into a deep and prolonged mourning period. She never wore anything but widow’s weeds in public again. The Albert Memorial, standing 53 meters high, was commissioned by Queen Victoria as a tribute to her Consort. Designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, it was erected between 1863 and 1872 at a cost of £150,000. The sculptures include over 175 figures. He is actually buried in the Royal Mausoleum at Frogmore.

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  • Added: 22 Feb 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20372
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Albert Francis Charles Augustus Emmanuel Saxe-Gotha (26 Aug 1819–14 Dec 1861), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20372, citing Kensington Gardens, Kensington, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .