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Prince Albert: His Life and Legacy will make available some 23,500 items from the Royal Collection, Royal Archives and Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. The majority of this material is being published for the first time.

The website sheds fresh light on Albert’s contribution as Queen Victoria’s unofficial Private Secretary, a guide and mentor to some of the greatest national projects of his day, university chancellor, art historian, collector, and patron of art, architecture and design.

Collections will bring together 10,000 photographs collected and commissioned by Prince Albert; the Raphael Collection, the Prince's study collection of more than 5,000 prints and photographs after the works of Raphael; and official and private papers relating to Albert.

Explore focuses on specific themes, biographies, and media that further contextualises Albert’s life and times. By bringing this wide-ranging material together online for the first time, the website aims to transform understanding of Albert’s life and his enduring influence on our world today.

The Prince Albert Digitisation Project is supported by Sir Hugh and Lady Stevenson in honour of Sir Hugh's sister the late Dame Anne Griffiths DCVO, former Librarian and Archivist to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, and by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. Royal Collection Trust is also partnering with the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, on a post-doctoral research fellowship to explore the exciting opportunities of this project in a digital future.

The Fortress at Coburg in the town of Prince Albert's birth ©