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His life and legacy


Prince Albert

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Prince Albert had a profound influence on Victorian society that continues to be felt today. As Consort of Queen Victoria, his roles in national life included unofficial Private Secretary, a mentor to some of the greatest national projects of his day, and collector and patron of the arts. His contributions fundamentally shaped the history of the United Kingdom and its relationship to the world.

This website will make available some 23,500 items from the Royal Collection, Royal Archives and Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. This wide-ranging material can be explored together online for the first time, illuminating our understanding of Albert’s life and legacy.

The events which make history were thus the atmosphere in which the Prince lived. It was upon them his mind was most constantly at work, it was with them that his correspondence chiefly dealt. His story, therefore, could not be told without at the same time telling the story of these events


Theodore Martin, The Life of the Prince Consort, Volume II, 1876, vii

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Photograph of a view of Rome with the bridge of St Angelo spanning the river Tiber in the middle distance and the Sabine Hills in the far distance. Roof tops of buildings dominate the foreground.

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