Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel). Born 26 1819 and died at the early age of 42 on December 14 1861. Albert was 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, he married his first cousin Victoria; they had nine children.
Although marrying the Queen of England, Albert would never be king as is the tradition, with men who marry Queens, he would be consort to Queen Victoria. Albert was an interesting dude for his time.
Though Initially feeling constrained by his role as consort, which did not afford him power or responsibilities, he gradually developed a reputation for supporting public causes. Including 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 The position in which Albert was placed by his marriage, while one of distinction, also offered considerable difficulties; in his own words, “I am very happy and contented; but the difficulty in filling my place with the proper dignity is that I am only the husband, not the master in the house. On 9 December, one of Albert’s doctors, diagnosed him with typhoid fever.
Albert died at 10:50 p.m. on 14 December 1861 in the Blue Room at Windsor Castle, in the presence of the Queen and five of their nine children. The contemporary diagnosis was typhoid, but modern writers have pointed out that Albert’s ongoing stomach pain, leaving him ill for at least two years before his death, may indicate a chronic disease, such as Crohn’s, kidney failure, or abdominal cancer.
The Queen’s grief was overwhelming, and the tepid feelings the public had felt previously for Albert were replaced by sympathy. The widowed Victoria never recovered from Albert’s death; she entered into a deep state of mourning and wore black for the rest of her life.