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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 makes available some 22,000 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

Explore the collections to learn more about Albert's passions, and belief that art and technology could inspire all

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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.
A general view of Rome ©

Learn more about the people and interests that influenced Prince Albert

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Renaissance Foundation visits the Royal Archives

The Renaissance Foundation is a specialist London based charity, supporting young people living with significant life challenges aged 13-19. On 30 May 2019, participants from the Renaissance Foundation visited Windsor to discuss Prince Albert: His Life and Legacy. Listen to the podcast below to find out more.

A special visit to the Royal Archives ©

Portrait photograph of Prince Albert seated on a chair

His life and legacy

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