Victoria and Albert
In 1840, Victoria married a German
prince, Albert. It was a fairy-tale
marriage, but the roles were reversed.
Albert was the rags-to-riches
Cinderella, and Victoria, the Prince
Charming who whisked him away to
It was a happy marriage, and she
promised to obey him and tried to
keep that promise. But she was the
queen. He was devoted to her, and
both accepted their duties to each
other and to the family. Their family
life became exemplary of what family
life should be at the time, and Albert
became a trusted advisor to the queen.
Their first child, a daughter, was born
in November, a son the next year, and
seven more children after that.
Increasingly, over time, Albert
influenced affairs of state. One of his
greatest contributions was the Great
Exhibition of 1851.
The Great Exhibition was an
opportunity to demonstrate to the
world the political, military and
technological superiority of Great
It was housed in the Crystal Palace, a
mammoth structure of glass and steel
constructed in Hyde Park in London
that housed 13,000 exhibits from Great
Britain and other countries of the world.
Upon Albert's death in 1861, Victoria
put on the black clothes of mourning
and wore them the rest of her life.
The Crystal Palace of the
Great Exhibition of 1851.