Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was the husband of Queen Victoria of Great Britain and Ireland.  He 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 20 he married his first cousin, Queen Victoria, with whom he would ultimately have nine children. At first, Albert felt constrained by his position as consort, which did not confer any power or duties upon him.

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was the husband of Queen Victoria of Great Britain and Ireland. He 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 20 he married his first cousin, Queen Victoria, with whom he would ultimately have nine children. At first, Albert felt constrained by his position as consort, which did not confer any power or duties upon him.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and their children. This portrait presented a beautiful and domestic scene, with the Queen at the center.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and their children. This portrait presented a beautiful and domestic scene, with the Queen at the center.

Albert Prince Consort, c.1859. - A carte-de-visite of Prince Albert (1819-1861), taken by an unknown photographer in about 1858. This rather informal portrait of Queen Victoria's husband shows him as thoughtful and scholarly. Albert was the first cousin of Queen Victoria, they married when he was 20 and went on to have 9 children.

Albert Prince Consort, c.1859. - A carte-de-visite of Prince Albert (1819-1861), taken by an unknown photographer in about 1858. This rather informal portrait of Queen Victoria's husband shows him as thoughtful and scholarly. Albert was the first cousin of Queen Victoria, they married when he was 20 and went on to have 9 children.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Prince Consort at Osborne House, 1850s | Royal Collection Trust

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Prince Consort at Osborne House, 1850s | Royal Collection Trust

Albert, Prince Consort called on the artist at home who had to receive him in his slippers and dressing gown.

Albert, Prince Consort called on the artist at home who had to receive him in his slippers and dressing gown.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert with Prince Edward and one of the Princesses, either Louise or Helena.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert with Prince Edward and one of the Princesses, either Louise or Helena.

Queen Victoria adored Prince Albert and after his premature death she built monuments to him that attest to her great affection for her Prussian husband.

Queen Victoria adored Prince Albert and after his premature death she built monuments to him that attest to her great affection for her Prussian husband.

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