Prince Albert, Consort of Queen Victoria, c 1850-1859.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Stipple engraving. Prince Albert (1819-1861) married his first cousin, Queen Victoria (1819-1901), in 1840. In 1857 he was given the title Prince Consort and became the Queen's private advisor. He was interested in arts, science and industry and planned the Great Exhibition of 1851, the profits from which were used to buy the sites in London for the South Kensington museums (the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum) and the Royal Albert Hall.