Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
(1819-1861)

Prince of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (until 1826), Duke of Saxony (until 1857), Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1826-1840), and Prince Consort (from 1857)

Died aged c. 42

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel; 26 August 1819 – 14 December 1861) was the husband of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Born in the Saxon duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld to a family connected to many of Europe's ruling monarchs, at the age of twenty Albert married his cousin, Victoria; they had nine children. Initially he felt constrained by his role of prince consort, which did not afford him power or responsibilities. He gradually developed a reputation for supporting public causes, such as educational reform and the abolition of slavery worldwide, and was entrusted with running the Queen's household, office and estates. He was heavily involved with the organisation of the Great Exhibition of 1851, which was a resounding success. Victoria came to depend more and more on Albert's support and guidance. He aided the development of Britain's constitutional monarchy by persuading his wife to be less partisan in her dealings with Parliament—although he actively disagreed with the interventionist foreign policy pursued during Lord Palmerston's tenure as Foreign Secretary. Albert died at the relatively young age of 42. Victoria was so devastated at the loss of her husband that she entered into a deep state of mourning and wore black for the rest of her life. On her death in 1901, their eldest son succeeded as Edward VII, the first British monarch of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, named after the ducal house to which Albert belonged.

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Commemorated on 3 plaques

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Albert Dock Built 1841-1846 Opened by HRH The Prince Consort 30th July 1846 Restored 1983-1988 Re-opened by HRH The Prince of Wales 24th May 1988

Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they opened (1846)

Victoria R and Albert visited this mount Sep. 6 1846. Whom God Preserve

St Michael's Mount, Marazion, United Kingdom where they visited (1846)

Sandgate Castle. Commissioned for Henry VIII. Built 1539. Queen Elizabeth I rested here 28 August 1575. Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort visited 9 August 1855.

Castle Road, Sandgate, United Kingdom where they was