Famous Brit of the Week #42 - Prince Albert
Today's Famous Brits Assembly was about Prince Albert. Miss Atkinson had chosen him because she wanted to tell the pupils about how he had introduced the Christmas Tree to Britain. Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel (26 August 1819 – 14 December 1861) was the husband of Queen Victoria.He was born in the Saxon duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. At the age of 20, he married his first cousin, Queen Victoria. At first, he felt constrained by his role of consort, but gradually developed a reputation for supporting public causes, such as 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.Victoria came to depend more and more on his support and guidance. He helped the development of Britain's constitutional monarchy by persuading his wife to be less partisan in her dealings with Parliament. In 1857, Albert was given the formal title of Prince Consort.Albert died at the relatively young age of 42. Victoria was so devastated at the loss of her husband that she entered into a deep state of mourning and wore black for the rest of her life.