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Albert, Prince Consort

September 12, 2019


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. Upon Queen Victoria’s death in 1901, their eldest son, Edward VII,
succeeded as the first British monarch of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, named
after the ducal house to which Albert belonged. Early life Albert was born at Schloss Rosenau, near Coburg,
Germany, the second son of Ernest III, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, and his first wife,
Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg. Albert’s future wife, Queen Victoria, was born earlier in
the same year with the assistance of the same midwife. 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. His godparents were his paternal grandmother, the Dowager
Duchess of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld; his maternal grandfather, the Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg;
the Emperor of Austria; the Duke of Teschen; and Emanuel, Count of Mensdorff-Pouilly. In
1825, Albert’s great-uncle, Frederick IV, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, died. His death
led to a re-arrangement of the Saxon duchies the following year and Albert’s father became
reigning duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Albert and his elder brother, Ernest, spent
their youth in a close companionship scarred 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. She probably never
saw her children again and died of cancer at the age of 30 in 1831. The following year,
their father married his own niece, his sons’ cousin Princess Antoinette Marie of Württemberg,
but the marriage was not close, and Antoinette Marie had little, if any, impact on her stepchildren’s
lives. The brothers were educated privately at home
by Christoph Florschütz and later studied in Brussels, where Adolphe Quetelet was one
of their tutors. Like many other German princes, Albert attended the University of Bonn as
a young adult. He studied law, political economy, philosophy, and art history. He played music,
and excelled in gymnastics, especially fencing and riding. His teachers in Bonn included
the philosopher Fichte and the poet Schlegel. Marriage 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. At this time, Victoria was the heiress presumptive
to the British throne. Her father, Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent, the fourth son of
King George III, had died when she was a baby, and her elderly uncle, King William IV, had
no legitimate children. Her mother, the Duchess of Kent, Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld,
was the sister of both Albert’s father—the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha—and Leopold,
King of the Belgians. Leopold arranged for his sister, Victoria’s mother, to invite the
Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and his two sons to visit her in May 1836, with the purpose
of meeting Victoria. King William IV, however, disapproved of any match with the Coburgs,
and instead favoured the suit of Prince Alexander, second son of the Prince of Orange. Victoria
was well aware of the various matrimonial plans and critically appraised a parade of
eligible princes. She wrote, “[Albert] is extremely handsome; his hair is about the
same colour as mine; his eyes are large and blue, and he has a beautiful nose and a very
sweet mouth with fine teeth; but the charm of his countenance is his expression, which
is most delightful.” Alexander, on the other hand, was “very plain”.
Victoria wrote to her uncle Leopold to thank him “for the prospect of great happiness you
have contributed to give me, in the person of dear Albert … He possesses every quality
that could be desired to render me perfectly happy.” Although the parties did not undertake
a formal engagement, both the family and their retainers widely assumed that the match would
take place. Victoria came to the throne aged just eighteen
on 20 June 1837. Her letters of the time show interest in Albert’s education for the role
he would have to play, although she resisted attempts to rush her into marriage. In the
winter of 1838–39, the prince visited Italy, accompanied by the Coburg family’s confidential
adviser, Baron Stockmar. Albert returned to the United Kingdom with
Ernest in October 1839 to visit the Queen, with the object of settling the marriage.
Albert and Victoria felt mutual affection and the Queen proposed to him on 15 October
1839. Victoria’s intention to marry was declared formally to the Privy Council on 23 November,
and the couple married on 10 February 1840 at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace. Just
before the marriage, Albert was naturalised by Act of Parliament, and granted the style
of Royal Highness by an Order in Council. At first, he was not popular with the British
public. He was perceived to be from an impoverished and undistinguished minor state, barely larger
than a small English county. The British Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne, advised the Queen
against granting her husband the title of “King Consort”. Parliament even refused to
make Albert a peer—partly because of anti-German feeling and a desire to exclude Albert from
any political role. Melbourne led a minority government and the opposition took advantage
of the marriage to weaken his position further. They opposed the ennoblement of Albert and
granted him a smaller annuity than previous consorts, £30,000 instead of the usual £50,000.
Albert claimed that he had no need of a British peerage; he wrote, “It would almost be a step
downwards, for as a Duke of Saxony, I feel myself much higher than a Duke of York or
Kent”. For the next seventeen years, Albert was formally titled “HRH Prince Albert” until,
on 25 June 1857, Victoria formally granted him the title Prince Consort.
Consort of the Queen The position in which the prince was placed
by his marriage, while one of distinction, also offered considerable difficulties; in
Albert’s own words, “I am very happy and contented; but the difficulty in filling my place with
the proper dignity is that I am only the husband, not the master in the house.” The Queen’s
household was run by her former governess, Baroness Lehzen. Albert referred to her as
the “House Dragon”, and manoeuvred to dislodge the Baroness from her position.
Within two months of the marriage, Victoria was pregnant. Albert started to take on public
roles; he became President of the Society for the Extinction of Slavery; and helped
Victoria privately with her government paperwork. 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. Neither Albert nor Victoria was hurt and Albert was praised in the newspapers for
his courage and coolness during the attack. Albert was gaining public support as well
as political influence, which showed itself practically when, in August, Parliament passed
the Regency Act 1840 to designate him regent in the event of Victoria’s death before their
child reached the age of majority. Their first child, Victoria, named after her mother, was
born in November. Eight other children would follow over the next seventeen years. All
nine children survived to adulthood, a fact which biographer Hermione Hobhouse credited
to Albert’s “enlightened influence” on the healthy running of the nursery. 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.
After the 1841 general election, Melbourne was replaced as Prime Minister by Sir Robert
Peel, who appointed Albert as chairman of the Royal Commission in charge of redecorating
the new Palace of Westminster. The Palace had burnt down seven years before, and was
being rebuilt. As a patron and purchaser of pictures and sculpture, the commission was
set up to promote the fine arts in Britain. The commission’s work was slow, and the architect,
Charles Barry, took many decisions out of the commissioners’ hands by decorating rooms
with ornate furnishings that were treated as part of the architecture. Albert was more
successful as a private patron and collector. Among his notable purchases were early German
and Italian paintings—such as Lucas Cranach the Elder’s Apollo and Diana and Fra Angelico’s
St Peter Martyr—and contemporary pieces from Franz Xaver Winterhalter and Edwin Landseer.
Ludwig Gruner, of Dresden, assisted Albert in buying pictures of the highest quality.
Albert and Victoria were shot at again on both 29 and 30 May 1842, but were unhurt.
The culprit, John Francis, was detained and condemned to death, although he was later
reprieved. Some of their early unpopularity came about because of their stiffness and
adherence to protocol in public, though in private the couple were more easy-going. 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. By 1844, Albert had managed to modernise the
royal finances and, through various economies, had sufficient capital to purchase Osborne
House on the Isle of Wight as a private residence for their growing family. Over the next few
years a house modelled in the style of an Italianate villa was built to the designs
of Albert and Thomas Cubitt. Albert laid out the grounds, and improved the estate and farm.
Albert managed and improved the other royal estates; his model farm at Windsor was admired
by his biographers, and under his stewardship the revenues of the Duchy of Cornwall—the
hereditary property of the Prince of Wales—steadily increased.
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. During Peel’s premiership, Albert’s authority behind,
or beside, the throne became more apparent. He had access to all the Queen’s papers, was
drafting her correspondence and was present when she met her ministers, or even saw them
alone in her absence. The clerk of the Privy Council, Charles Greville, wrote of him: “He
is King to all intents and purposes.” Reformer and innovator 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. Albert used his
position as Chancellor to campaign successfully for reformed and more modern university curricula,
expanding the subjects taught beyond the traditional mathematics and classics to include modern
history and the natural sciences. That summer, Victoria and Albert spent a rainy
holiday in the west of Scotland at Loch Laggan, but heard from their doctor, Sir James Clark,
that his son had enjoyed dry, sunny days further east at Balmoral Castle. The tenant of Balmoral,
Sir Robert Gordon, died suddenly in early October, and Albert began negotiations to
take over the lease from the owner, the Earl Fife. 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.
Throughout the year, Victoria and Albert complained about Foreign Secretary Palmerston’s independent
foreign policy, which they believed destabilised foreign European powers further. Albert was
concerned for many of his royal relatives, a number of whom were deposed. He and Victoria,
who gave birth to their daughter Louise during that year, spent some time away from London
in the relative safety of Osborne. Although there were sporadic demonstrations in England,
no effective revolutionary action took place, and Albert even gained public acclaim when
he expressed paternalistic, yet well-meaning and philanthropic, views. In a speech to the
Society for the Improvement of the Condition of the Labouring Classes, of which he was
President, he expressed his “sympathy and interest for that class of our community who
have most of the toil and fewest of the enjoyments of this world”. It was the “duty of those
who, under the blessings of Divine Providence, enjoy station, wealth, and education” to assist
those less fortunate than themselves. A man of progressive and relatively liberal
ideas, Albert not only led reforms in university education, welfare, the royal finances and
slavery, he had a special interest in applying science and art to the manufacturing industry.
The Great Exhibition of 1851 arose from the annual exhibitions of the Society of Arts,
of which Albert was President from 1843, and owed most of its success to his efforts to
promote it. Albert served as president of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of
1851, and had to fight for every stage of the project. In the House of Lords, Lord Brougham
fulminated against the proposal to hold the exhibition in Hyde Park. Opponents of the
exhibition prophesied that foreign rogues and revolutionists would overrun England,
subvert the morals of the people, and destroy their faith. Albert thought such talk absurd
and quietly persevered, trusting always that British manufacturing would benefit from exposure
to the best products of foreign countries. The Queen opened the exhibition in a specially
designed and built glass building known as the Crystal Palace on 1 May 1851. It proved
a colossal success. A surplus of £180,000 was used to purchase land in South Kensington
on which to establish educational and cultural institutions—including what would later
be named the Victoria and Albert Museum. The area was referred to as “Albertopolis” by
sceptics. Family and public life In 1852, a timely legacy from eccentric miser
John Camden Neild made it possible for Albert to obtain the freehold of Balmoral, and as
usual he embarked on an extensive program of improvements. The same year, he was appointed
to several of the offices left vacant by the death of the Duke of Wellington, including
the mastership of Trinity House and the colonelcy of the Grenadier Guards. With Wellington out
of the picture, Albert was able to propose and campaign for modernisation of the army,
which was long overdue. Thinking that the military was unready for war, and that Christian
rule was preferable to Islamic rule, Albert counselled a diplomatic solution to conflict
between the Russian and Ottoman empires. Palmerston was more bellicose, and favoured a policy
that would prevent further Russian expansion. Palmerston was manoeuvred out of the cabinet
in December 1853, but at about the same time a Russian fleet attacked the Ottoman fleet
at anchor at Sinop. The London press depicted the attack as a criminal massacre, and Palmerston’s
popularity surged as Albert’s fell. Within two weeks, Palmerston was re-appointed as
a minister. As public outrage at the Russian action continued, false rumours circulated
that Albert had been arrested for treason and was being held prisoner in the Tower of
London. By March 1854, Britain and Russia were embroiled in the Crimean War. Albert
devised a masterplan for winning the war by laying siege to Sevastopol while starving
Russia economically, which became the Allied strategy after the Tsar decided to fight a
purely defensive war. Early British optimism soon faded as the press reported that British
troops were ill-equipped and mismanaged by aged generals using out-of-date tactics and
strategy. The conflict dragged on as the Russians were as poorly prepared as their opponents.
The Prime Minister, Lord Aberdeen, resigned and Palmerston succeeded him. A negotiated
settlement eventually put an end to the war with the Treaty of Paris. During the war,
Albert arranged to marry his fourteen-year-old daughter, Victoria, to Prince Frederick William
of Prussia, though Albert delayed the marriage until Victoria was seventeen. Albert hoped
that his daughter and son-in-law would be a liberalising influence in the enlarging
Prussian state. Albert involved himself in promoting many
public educational institutions. Chiefly at meetings in connection with these he spoke
of the need for better schooling. A collection of his speeches was published in 1857. 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. His espousal of science
spawned opposition from the Church. His proposal of a knighthood for Charles Darwin, after
the publication of On the Origin of Species, was rejected.
Albert continued to devote himself to the education of his family and the management
of the royal household. His children’s governess, Lady Lyttelton, thought him unusually kind
and patient, and described him joining in family games with enthusiasm. 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. At the age
of seven, the Prince of Wales was expected to take six hours of instruction, including
an hour of German and an hour of French every day. When the Prince of Wales failed at his
lessons, Albert caned him. Corporal punishment was common at the time, and was not thought
unduly harsh. Albert’s biographer Roger Fulford wrote that the relationships between the family
members were “friendly, affectionate and normal … there is no evidence either in the Royal Archives
or in the printed authorities to justify the belief that the relations between the Prince
and his eldest son were other than deeply affectionate.” Philip Magnus wrote in his
biography of Albert’s eldest son that Albert “tried to treat his children as equals; and
they were able to penetrate his stiffness and reserve because they realised instinctively
not only that he loved them but that he enjoyed and needed their company.”
Illness and death Albert was seriously ill with stomach cramps
in August 1859. During a trip to Coburg in the autumn of 1860 he was driving alone in
a carriage drawn by four horses that suddenly bolted. As the horses continued to gallop
toward a stationary wagon waiting at a railway crossing, Albert jumped for his life from
the carriage. One of the horses was killed in the collision, and Albert was badly shaken,
though his only physical injuries were cuts and bruises. He told his brother and eldest
daughter that he sensed his time had come. In March 1861, Victoria’s mother and Albert’s
aunt, the Duchess of Kent, died and Victoria was grief-stricken; Albert took on most of
the Queen’s duties, despite being ill himself with chronic stomach trouble. The last public
event he presided over was the opening of the Royal Horticultural Gardens on 5 June
1861. In August, Victoria and Albert visited the Curragh Camp, Ireland, where the Prince
of Wales was doing army service. At the Curragh, the Prince of Wales was introduced, by his
fellow officers, to Nellie Clifden, an Irish actress.
By November, Victoria and Albert had returned to Windsor, and the Prince of Wales had returned
to Cambridge, where he was a student. Two of Albert’s cousins, King Pedro V and Prince
Ferdinand of Portugal, died of typhoid fever. On top of this news, Albert was informed that
gossip was spreading in gentlemen’s clubs and the foreign press that the Prince of Wales
was still involved with Nellie Clifden. Albert and Victoria were horrified by their son’s
indiscretion, and feared blackmail, scandal or pregnancy. Although Albert was ill and
at a low ebb, he travelled to Cambridge to see the Prince of Wales on 25 November to
discuss his son’s indiscreet affair. In his final weeks Albert suffered from pains in
his back and legs. When the Trent Affair—the forcible removal
of Confederate envoys from a British ship by Union forces during the American Civil
War—threatened war between the United States and Britain, Albert was gravely ill, but intervened
to soften the British diplomatic response. On 9 December, one of Albert’s doctors, William
Jenner, diagnosed typhoid fever. Albert died at 10:50 p.m. on 14 December 1861 in the
Blue Room at Windsor Castle, in the presence of the Queen and five of their nine children.
The contemporary diagnosis was typhoid fever, but modern writers have pointed out that Albert
was ill for at least two years before his death, which may indicate that a chronic disease,
such as Crohn’s disease, renal failure, or cancer, was the cause of death.
Legacy The Queen’s grief was overwhelming, and the
tepid feelings the public had felt previously for Albert were replaced by sympathy. Victoria
wore black in mourning for the rest of her long life, and Albert’s rooms in all his houses
were kept as they had been, even with hot water brought in the morning, and linen and
towels changed daily. Such practices were not uncommon in the houses of the very rich.
Victoria withdrew from public life and her seclusion eroded some of Albert’s work in
attempting to re-model the monarchy as a national institution setting a moral, if not political,
example. Albert is credited with introducing the principle that the British royal family
should remain above politics. Before his marriage to Victoria, she supported the Whigs; for
example, early in her reign Victoria managed to thwart the formation of a Tory government
by Sir Robert Peel by refusing to accept substitutions which Peel wanted to make among her ladies-in-waiting.
Albert’s body was temporarily entombed in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, until
a year after his death his remains were deposited at Frogmore Mausoleum, which remained incomplete
until 1871. The sarcophagus, in which both he and the Queen were eventually laid, was
carved from the largest block of granite that had ever been quarried in Britain. Despite
Albert’s request that no effigies of him should be raised, many public monuments were erected
all over the country, and across the British Empire. The most notable are the Royal Albert
Hall and the Albert Memorial in London. The plethora of memorials erected to Albert became
so great that Charles Dickens told a friend that he sought an “inaccessible cave” to escape
from them. All manner of objects are named after Prince
Albert, from Lake Albert in Africa to the city of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, to the
Albert Medal presented by the Royal Society of Arts. Four regiments of the British Army
were named after him: 11th Hussars; Prince Albert’s Light Infantry; Prince Albert’s Own
Leicestershire Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry, and The Prince Consort’s Own Rifle Brigade.
He and Queen Victoria showed a keen interest in the establishment and development of Aldershot
in Hampshire as a garrison town in the 1850s. They had a wooden Royal Pavilion built there
in which they would often stay when attending reviews of the army. Albert established and
endowed the Prince Consort’s Library at Aldershot, which still exists today.
Biographies published after his death were typically heavy on eulogy. Theodore Martin’s
five-volume magnum opus was authorised and supervised by Queen Victoria, and her influence
shows in its pages. Nevertheless, it is an accurate and exhaustive account. Lytton Strachey’s
Queen Victoria was more critical, but it was discredited in part by mid-twentieth-century
biographers such as Hector Bolitho and Roger Fulford, who had access to Victoria’s journal
and letters. Popular myths about Prince Albert—such as the claim that he introduced Christmas
trees to Britain—are dismissed by scholars. Recent biographers, such as Stanley Weintraub,
portray Albert as a figure in a tragic romance, who died too soon and was mourned by his lover
for a lifetime. In the 2009 movie The Young Victoria, Albert, played by Rupert Friend,
is made into a heroic character; in the fictionalised depiction of the 1840 shooting, he is struck
by a bullet—something that did not happen in real life.
Titles, styles, honours and arms Titles and styles
26 August 1819 – 12 November 1826: His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld,
Duke of Saxony 12 November 1826 – 6 February 1840: His
Serene Highness Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duke of Saxony
6 February 1840 – 25 June 1857: His Royal Highness Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and
Gotha, Duke of Saxony 25 June 1857 – 14 December 1861: His Royal
Highness The Prince Consort Honours
British Empire KG: Knight of the Garter, 16 December 1839
KT: Knight of the Thistle KP: Knight of St Patrick
GMB: Great Master of the Order of the Bath KSI: Knight Companion of the Star of India
GCMG: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
Foreign Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece
Arms On his marriage to Queen Victoria in 1840,
Prince Albert was granted his own personal coat of arms, which was the royal coat of
arms of the United Kingdom differenced with a three-point label bearing a red cross in
the centre, quartered with the arms of Saxony. The blazon is written as: “Quarterly, 1st
and 4th, the Royal Arms, with overall a label of three points Argent charged on the centre
with cross Gules; 2nd and 3rd, Barry of ten Or and Sable, a crown of rue in bend Vert”.
The Prince’s peculiar arms was a “singular example of quartering differenced arms, [which]
is not in accordance with the rules of Heraldry, and is in itself an heraldic contradiction.”
Prior to his marriage he used the arms of his father, undifferenced, following German
practice. On his stallplate as a Knight of the Garter
his coat of arms is ensigned by a royal crown and shows the six crests of the House of Saxe-Coburg
and Gotha; these are from left to right: 1. “A bull’s head caboshed Gules armed and ringed
Argent, crowned Or, the rim chequy Gules and Argent” for Mark. 2. “Out of a coronet Or,
two buffalo’s horns Argent, attached to the outer edge of each five branches fesswise
each with three linden leaves Vert” for Thuringia. 3. “Out of a coronet Or, a pyramidal chapeau
charged with the arms of Saxony ensigned by a plume of peacock’s feathers Proper out of
a coronet also Or” for Saxony. 4. “A bearded man in profile couped below the shoulders
clothed paly Argent and Gules, the pointed coronet similarly paly terminating in a plume
of three peacock’s feathers” for Meissen. 5. “A demi griffin displayed Or, winged Sable,
collared and langued Gules” for Jülich. 6. “Out of a coronet Or, a panache of peacock’s
feathers Proper” for Berg. The supporters were the crowned lion of England
and the unicorn of Scotland charged on the shoulder with a label as in the arms. Albert’s
personal motto is the German Treu und Fest. This motto was also used by Prince Albert’s
Own or the 11th Hussars. All of Albert’s male-line descendants were
entitled to bear an inescutcheon of the arms of Saxony at the centre of their respective
coat of arms. The inescutcheon was placed, as Charles Boutell writes, as an “escutcheon
of pretence [that] does not appear to be in accordance with either the spirit or the
practical usage of true historical Heraldry”. However in 1917, during the First World War,
King George V abandoned heraldic references to the royal family’s German heritage, and
the Saxon shield was removed. Issue Prince Albert’s 42 grandchildren included
four reigning monarchs: King George V of the United Kingdom; Wilhelm II, German Emperor;
Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse; and Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and
five consorts of monarchs: Queens Maud of Norway, Sophia of Greece, Victoria Eugenie
of Spain, and Marie of Romania, and Tsarina Alexandra of Russia. Albert’s many descendants
include royalty and nobility throughout Europe. Ancestry
See also John Brown
List of coupled cousins Royal Albert Memorial Museum
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