Celebrating the Bicentenary of Queen Victoria & Prince Albert in 2019
When Queen Victoria, a hitherto little-known princess, ascended to the British throne at the age of 18 following a long line of Hanoverian Kings, it seemed that an exciting new era was dawning. And it was not least Victoria’s marriage to Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, a genuinely romantic royal love match, that would change British culture forever.
Through their common interests and companionship Queen Victoria and Prince Albert succeeded in shaping British history of the 19th century and have left their mark to this very day. Traditions such as putting up a Christmas tree and giving each other gifts originated in Victoria and Albert’s marriage. This union of true minds, whose cultural legacy continues to inspire and enthrall us, is also deeply symbolic of the close ties between Germany and Britain.
Both born in 1819, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert shared many passions – above all for art. Both were accomplished artists in their own right and great collectors. Prince Albert is also famous for being the mastermind behind the Great Exhibition of 1851, which led to the creation of the world’s first cultural district in London’s South Kensington, realising his ambition to “increase the means of industrial education and extend the influence of science and art upon productive industry”.
The 200th birthday of this extraordinary Royal Couple will be celebrated with numerous exciting and colourful events in Britain and Germany throughout 2019.