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Prince Albert as Sponsor of the Great Exhibition 9 July 1849

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This letter by Prince Albert to Henry Labouchere, President of the Board of Trade shows his intimate involvement in the origins of the idea. His suggestion may have been prompted by his awareness of the trade fairs which took place in a number of German towns as well as national exhibitions in France. London, as the capital of the first industrial nation, offered a grander stage for something altogether more ambitious.