Albert the Good and the Victorian Reign

Albert the Good and the Victorian Reign

Albert the Good and the Victorian Reign

Albert the Good and the Victorian Reign

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Four years ago, I went to Coburg for the first time. On the anniversary of the Prince Consort's birthday, Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, his great-grandson, showed me over the little castle of Rosenau, four miles away from the town. The succession of old-fashioned rooms, with their copies of Empire furniture, and the outside scene of trees and sunshine were the same as they were when Prince Albert and the Queen had been there for their summer holidays, almost a hundred years before. There were oak trees in the garden, planted by the great Queen herself and there was an old gardener who hobbled out of his cottage to tell me stories of Albert's childhood. He picked me a rose from the garden that the Prince had made and tended.

This day and others spent in the Castles and in the town of Coburg, made me wish to write the Prince's story. Theodore Martin had already made a monumental work out of Prince Albert's life. But I had always felt that the Prince's true self was drowned in his vast and conscientious biography.

My ambition was strengthened when I went to the Coburg archives and discovered all the letters the Prince had written to his brother, during the twenty years he was Consort to the Queen. In spite of the great difference in their characters, his brother was one of the few people to whom the Prince opened his heart, and it . . .

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