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Prince Albert: His Life and Legacy goes live online

Release date: Friday, 23 August 2019

Roger Fenton, 'Prince Albert', May 1854

Roger Fenton, Prince Albert, May 1854, 1889 copy of the original ©

More than 17,500 photographs, prints and private and official papers relating to Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria have gone online as part of a new website. 

‘Prince Albert: His Life and Legacy’ ( sheds fresh light on Albert’s contribution as Queen Victoria’s unofficial Private Secretary, a guide and mentor to some of the greatest national projects of his day, university chancellor, art historian, collector, and patron of art, architecture and design. It gives new insight into Albert’s achievements before his premature death at the age of 42, his impact on Victorian society and his influence on our world today.

By the end of 2020 some 23,500 items from the Royal Archives, the Royal Collection and the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 will be published online as part of the Prince Albert Digitisation Project. These items include private and official papers, catalogues of Prince Albert's private library, his study collection of more than 5,000 prints and photographs after the work of Raphael, and 10,000 photographs collected and commissioned by Albert.

The Prince Albert Digitisation Project is supported by Sir Hugh and Lady Stevenson in honour of Sir Hugh’s sister the late Dame Anne Griffiths DCVO, former Librarian and Archivist to His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, and by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.