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Prince Consort's statue unveiling
Memorialising Albert

Prince Albert's lasting influence can be seen in many mediums


Group portrait with bust of Prince Albert

Apr 1863

Albumen print | 19.0 x 22.6 cm (image) | RCIN 2927066

On 10 March 1863, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VII) married Princess Alexandra of Denmark at St George's Chapel, Windsor. This was the first royal wedding held at St George's, due to Queen Victoria's continued seclusion following Albert's death in 1861.

This photograph was taken a month after the wedding. Princess Alexandra holds a framed photograph of Prince Albert. This compositional device is poignant. Firstly, it honours Prince Albert and implies his approval of Princess Alexandra's inclusion into the royal family. Secondly, it perhaps recalls that Vicky had written to Queen Victoria as early as December 1860 to praise Alexandra's suitability as a bride, enclosing a photograph to illustrate her character and beauty.

The family are arranged, from left to right, Princess Louise, Princess Alice of Hesse, Queen Victoria, Prince Louis of Hesse, Princess Beatrice, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, Alexandra, Princess of Wales, Prince Leopold and Princess Helena.