Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, c 1850s.
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Hand-coloured carte de visite in a folding presentation case by John Mayall of 224 Regent Street, London, showing Queen Victoria (1819-1901) and Albert, her Prince Consort (1819-1861). Queen Victoria married her first cousin, the German Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in 1840. Victoria went on to give birth to four sons and five daughters. Her first son, Edward born in 1841, was to become the future King Edward VII. Victoria and Albert's marriage became known as a lifelong love match, and when Albert died of typhoid in 1861, the grieving Victoria entered a long period of seclusion.