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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 path of nineteenth-century Britain - an outstanding energy on the zenith of its impact - greater than the other British royal or baby-kisser. although overshadowed in heritage by means of his adoring spouse, and every now and then mocked via her topics, 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 arrogance 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 collage of Cambridge, he used his place to effectively crusade for extra sleek college curricula, increasing the topics taught past the normal arithmetic and classics to incorporate smooth historical past and the normal sciences. His business enterprise of the 1851 nice exhibition uncovered British production to the simplest international items - and raised a tremendous surplus which used to be later used to set up and extend academic and cultural associations, together with the nice museums nicknamed ‘Albertopolis’ in London. He was once additionally vocal in a few social campaigns - talking out opposed to slavery and the Corn legislation. His philanthropic endeavours - together with the development of latest and tremendously stronger housing for the bad - won him large attractiveness in his followed nation, a lot in order that he has been credited with saving Britain from the progressive fervour which swept Europe in 1848 and hence keeping the British monarchy to the current day.

Very few have made this sort of everlasting mark on British society. If anybody individual should be credited for laying the basis of recent Britain, it truly is Albert. Upon Albert’s premature dying in 1861, Benjamin Disraeli declared: ‘with Prince Albert we've got 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 some of the most influential royals of recent Europe.

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