Correspondence of Albert, Prince Consort of Queen Victoria

Scope and Content

This series of letters consists mainly of draft copies of letters sent by Owen to the Prince, and the acknowledgements of receipt of said letters by the Prince's Secretary. Each of Owen's drafts was written accompany an article, pamphlet or similar document written by Owen, in which he discusses his thoughts on the issues affecting the World as he saw them, and offering solutions for change.

Administrative / Biographical History

Prince Albert, 1819-1861, 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. Over time he adopted many public causes, such as educational reform and a worldwide abolition of slavery, and took on the responsibilities of running the Queen's household, estates and office. He was heavily involved with the organisation of the Great Exhibition of 1851.

He died at the early age of 42, plunging the Queen into a deep mourning that lasted for the rest of her life. Upon Queen Victoria's death in 1901, their eldest son, Edward VII, succeeded as the first British monarch of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, named after the ducal house to which Albert belonged.

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