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Celebrating 2019's bicentenary of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

Updated: Apr 2, 2020

By Amy Nicholas

It’s safe to say that the currently strained relations between the UK and Germany are set to be tested once more by Theresa May’s attempt to renegotiate the Brexit terms.

However, Great Britain’s and Germany’s close ties were once symbolised by Queen Victoria’s marriage with Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. This article remembers the lasting social, cultural, economic and technological change that this significant (and romantic) Anglo-German union allowed for.

A high-profile champion of science and technology in the country, Albert’s influence on British society was deeply and profoundly felt.

 For example, he is remembered for being the mastermind behind the Great Exhibition of 1851. Prince Albert is also to thank for the tradition of putting Christmas trees and exchanging gifts. His ambition, to “increase the means of industrial education and extend the influence of science and art upon productive industry” were certainly realised.

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