By Jules Stewart

Albert: Prince Consort to Queen Victoria, social and cultural visionary in his personal correct, was once born within the saxon duchy of Saxe-Coburg-saalfeld yet outlined the tradition and course of nineteenth-century Britain - a very good energy on the zenith of its impression - greater than the other British royal or flesh presser. although overshadowed in heritage by means of his adoring spouse, and from time to time mocked through her matters, it was once arguably Albert who gave shape and substance to the Victorian Age.

From the outset, Albert strived to win ‘the admire, the affection and the boldness of the Queen and of the nation’, pursuing a rare social and cultural campaign that has turn into his maximum legacy. As Chancellor of the college of Cambridge, he used his place to effectively crusade for extra glossy collage curricula, increasing the themes taught past the conventional arithmetic and classics to incorporate smooth historical past and the normal sciences. His organization of the 1851 nice exhibition uncovered British production to the simplest overseas items - and raised an incredible surplus which was once later used to set up and extend academic and cultural associations, together with the good museums nicknamed ‘Albertopolis’ in London. He was once additionally vocal in a couple of social campaigns - talking out opposed to slavery and the Corn legislation. His philanthropic endeavours - together with the development of latest and greatly more desirable housing for the bad - received him big reputation in his followed kingdom, a lot in order that he has been credited with saving Britain from the innovative fervour which swept Europe in 1848 and as a result holding the British monarchy to the current day.

Very few have made this sort of everlasting mark on British society. If anyone individual could be credited for laying the root of recent Britain, it truly is Albert. Upon Albert’s premature demise in 1861, Benjamin Disraeli declared: ‘with Prince Albert now we have buried our sovereign.’ this can be the tale of Albert of Saxe-Coburg: Prince Consort and husband of Queen Victoria, the best of the Victorians and the most influential royals of recent Europe.

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