Queen Victoria’s last days with Prince Albert: Personal photo album reveals royal life
SOME of the last ever photographs of Queen Victoria with her husband Prince Albert have been discovered in a fascinating family photo album compiled by the late monarch herself.
The Queen, who had a passion for photography, compiled the intimate collection of 85 photos between 1859 and 1863, offering a captivating glimpse of life inside the 19th Century Royal Family. Many of them feature her beloved husband, the German-speaking Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg. They were taken at the Royal residences Osborne House, Victoria’s Isle of Wight retreat, Windsor Castle and Balmoral.
Queen Victoria married Prince Albert – who was also her first cousin – in 1840.
Together they had four boys and five girls, including eldest son Bertie, who went on to be King Edward VII, Queen Elizabeth II’s grandfather.
One picture shows Queen Victoria, dressed in black, looking up at her husband, who is dressed smartly in a long coat, while holding a top hat.
In another she is shown holding her grand-daughter – who went on to be Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg – and daughter Princess Beatrice.
A group shot shows the Royal couple at Osborne House in 1850, along with Prince Leopold, Princess Louise, Prince Arthur, Princess Alice, Princess Victoria, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Helena.
Another of the Queen’s grandsons, the Prince of Prussia, Wilhelm II, is shown dressed in a sailor suit.
There is also individual pictures of Bertie and Alice.
Victoria and Albert’s marriage was first documented in a letter from his paternal grandmother, the Dowager Duchess of Saxe-Cobur-Saalfield, in 1821, when both Victoria and he were aged just two.
In it, she referred to him being ”the pendant to the pretty cousin”, and the idea gradually took hold.
Victoria was aware of the match, and as a teenager wrote: “Albert is extremely handsome; his hair is about the same colour as mine; his eyes are large and blue, and he has a beautiful nose and a very sweet mouth with fine teeth.
“But the charm of his countenance is his expression, which is most delightful.”
In a letter to her uncle Leopold, Albert’s father, she thanked him “for the prospect of great happiness you have contributed to give me, in the person of dear Albert.
“He possesses every quality that could be desired to render me perfectly happy.”
They eventually married on February 10, 1840 at the Chapel Royal in St James’s Palace.
Albert died in December 1861, probably of typhoid, although there has also been speculation that he suffered from Crohn’s Disease, having fallen ill after a long walk in the rain while visiting Bertie at Oxford.
Devastated by his death, Victoria blamed Bertie, and reputedly could not bear to have him near her.
For the rest of her life, she wore black mourning clothes and rarely appeared in public.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK