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Biography of Prince Albert, Husband of Queen Victoria

Prince Albert (August 26, 1819—December 13, 1861) was a German prince who married Britain's Queen Victoria and helped spark an era of technological innovation as well as personal style. Albert initially was seen by the British as an interloper in British society, but his intelligence, interest in inventions, and capability in diplomatic affairs made him a respected figure. Albert, who eventually held the title prince consort, died in 1861 at age 42, leaving Victoria a widow whose trademark attire became the black of mourning.

Fast Facts: Prince Albert

  • Known For: Husband of Queen Victoria, statesman
  • Also Known As: Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel, Prince of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
  • Born: August 26, 1819 in Rosenau, Germany
  • Parents: Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
  • Died: December 13, 1861 in Windsor, Berkshire, England
  • Education: University of Bonn
  • Spouse: Queen Victoria
  • Children: Victoria Adelaide Mary, Albert Edward, Alice Maud Mary, Alfred Ernest Albert, Helena Augusta Victoria, Louise Caroline Alberta, Arthur William Patrick, Leopold George Duncan, Beatrice Mary Victoria
  • Notable Quote: "I am only the husband, and not the master in the house."

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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert: was their union a marriage of misery?

Queen Victoria married her husband of 21 years, Prince Albert, on 10 February 1840 in St James’s Palace chapel, in what was the first marriage of a reigning queen of England since Mary I in 1554. To the outside world, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were the golden couple, exemplars of traditional family values. Yet, as Jane Ridley reveals, behind the romanticised veneer, Albert's thirst for power was putting the marriage under intense pressure…

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Published: January 15, 2021 at 5:05 am

After the sudden and tragic death of Prince Albert in 1861, the grief-stricken Queen Victoria dedicated herself to memorialising her marriage as a perfect union. She herself composed large parts of the first biography, The Early Years of the Prince Consort (1867). At Frogmore, the royal burial ground at Windsor, she built a mausoleum and commissioned the sculptor Marochetti to create effigies of herself and the prince lying side-by-side – though it would be another 40 years before she would take her place beside her beloved Albert. Thanks, in part, to the queen’s efforts, her marriage to Albert, prince of the German duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, came to be seen as one of the great love matches of all time, celebrated (with varying degrees of accuracy) in films such as The Young Victoria and, more recently, the ITV drama Victoria.

As Queen Victoria’s journal shows, from the moment she saw the prince arriving at the foot of the staircase at Windsor in 1839, she was smitten. Five days later she summoned him to her blue closet and proposed to him. But the marriage was not the romantic happy-ever-after story that Victoria constructed. It was far more complex than that.

Like all dynastic marriages, this was an alliance with a political agenda. As the second son of a minor German duke (Coburg is smaller than the Isle of Wight) and a mere Serene Highness, the lowest grade in the royal hierarchy, Prince Albert was Victoria’s poor relation, although the two were first cousins. But what he lacked in rank and wealth, he made up for with education and self-confidence, and he had been trained from his teens by King Leopold of Belgium, the cousins’ mutual uncle, to marry Victoria and take over the British throne.

Albert began his quest for power immediately after the marriage. Within months he had moved his writing desk next to the queen’s. At first, Victoria resisted Albert’s attempts to remove her trusted governess, Baroness Lehzen, from control of the court. But as one pregnancy followed another in quick succession – seven of Victoria’s nine children were born in the first 10 years of the marriage – the queen was in no condition to resist. Albert fired Lehzen and assumed control of the household, introducing much-needed reforms and economies.

King in all but name

In November 1840, when her first child was born, Victoria gave Albert the key to the cabinet boxes. He started to attend meetings with ministers, dealing with the queen’s correspondence and drafting business letters for the queen to copy out. At dinners with politicians, Albert could be heard prompting Victoria in German before she spoke. By now he had become her private secretary.

In 1850 he described his position thus:

“As the natural head of [the queen’s] family, superintendent of her household, manager of her private affairs, sole confidential adviser in politics, and only assistant in her communications with the officers of her government, he is, besides, the husband of the queen, the tutor of the royal children, the private secretary of the sovereign, and her permanent minister.” Not only was Albert king in all but name but he intervened in politics, pursuing an active role in foreign policy.

Victoria declared herself grateful to Albert for relieving her of the tiresome work of the sovereign. Women, she believed, were not fit to rule. “It is a reversal of the right order of things which distresses me much and which no one, but such a perfection, such an angel as he is – could bear and carry through.” But Victoria had a vein of steel, and her commitment to her birthright was absolute. She was torn between her passionate desire to be a perfect ‘Victorian’ wife to Albert – an angel in the house, all sweetness and light – and her Hanoverian inheritance.

The royals retreat

The image of the Victorian monarchy, crafted by Albert, and projected in paintings such as Winterhalter’s The Royal Family in 1846 was one of a child-centred bourgeois family on the throne. But the fact was that the royal marriage was unlike any other. It took place within the peculiar context of the court.

As a young maid of honour in Victoria’s court in the 1850s, Mary Bulteel would watch the door silently close on the queen’s private apartments. How she longed to get to know the queen, her employer, but Victoria barely spoke to her.

The withdrawal of the royal family from the public space of the court into the private apartments was Albert’s doing. It meant that Victoria’s life was no longer bounded by the court, as it had been in the early days of her reign, when her court was a Camelot, famed for its parties and youthful high spirits. The creation of a private sphere – of a space dedicated to domestic life – was one of the most far-reaching changes made by Albert in his drive to reform the monarchy.

Disliking London with its late nights, and sneered at by the aristocracy as a German beggar, Albert persuaded Victoria that her enjoyment of society was wrong. True happiness, he claimed, was to be found in the country with her beloved prince and her young family. Albert designed the new family home at Osborne on the Isle of Wight, safely inaccessible from a prying public. Even more remote was Balmoral, the castle he created in the Scottish Highlands, 500 miles from London.

At Osborne House or Balmoral, the family could live the simple outdoors life that Victoria later depicted in her Leaves from the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands. Victoria believed her “happy domestic home” made her more popular than any other sovereign and gave a good example to her subjects.

At court, Albert introduced new rules, distancing the royal family from the household – that is, the courtiers and officeholders such as the Lord Chamberlain. He ordered that no man was to sit in the presence of the queen. Throughout Victoria’s reign, prime ministers stood during audiences only two were accorded the special privilege of sitting in the queen’s presence – her favourite Disraeli, who declined the offer, and Lord Salisbury, who was too heavy to stand. The hated Gladstone was never asked to sit, even in his eighties.

Albert forbade maids of honour from sitting in his presence or speaking to him unless spoken to. He went everywhere attended by an equerry, thus emphasising his royal status. In his relations with the courtiers of the household, Albert was cold and stiff. “His way of giving orders and reproofs was rather too like a master of a house scolding servants to be pleasant for those who were bound to listen in silence,” wrote Mary Bulteel. People noticed that the prince made not a single friend among ministers or the household. Such reserve in so young a man was “unpleasant”, thought Mary: “It implied something of the cold egotism which seems to chill you in all royalties.”

Memoirs of ladies-in-waiting concur that Albert was “detested” because he was “so stiff”, especially with women. Victoria, on the other hand, was adored because of her disarming frankness and her unquenchable curiosity and interest in the affairs of everyone around her.

Albert’s cold manner derived in part from his upbringing at the small German court of Coburg. When Mary Bulteel visited Coburg in 1860, she found the court far stiffer than in Britain, and the equerries and household much more “collapsed before these little sovereigns than we are before the queen”.

One result of withdrawing from the court was that the royal couple were closer to their ordinary servants than they were to the aristocratic courtiers of the household. This is perhaps why, after Albert’s death, Victoria became intimate first with her Highland servant John Brown, and later with her Indian servant Abdul Karim – relationships that the courtiers found especially upsetting because they overturned the protocol of the court.

Hysterical tantrums

Behind the closed doors of the private apartments, Victoria was often irritable and moody. She bitterly resented what she called “the shadow side of marriage”, meaning pregnancy and childbirth, and she suffered from postnatal depression. She disliked babies, who she thought were “mere little plants for the first six months” and “frightful when undressed” with their “big body and little limbs and that terrible frog-like action”.

Victoria’s ‘nerves’ became worse during the 1850s. Her last two pregnancies were marked by hysterical scenes. Albert was advised by the royal doctors that the queen’s mood swings and violent Hanoverian tempers were symptoms that she had inherited the madness of her grandfather George III. Rather than engage, he walked away and, as his wife stormed out of the room in a fury, the prince composed letters reprimanding her for unreasonable behaviour. “If you are violent I have no other choice but to leave you… and retire to my room in order to give you time to recover yourself, then you follow me to renew the dispute and have it all out,” he wrote.

Victoria kept a notebook in which she recorded her tempers, her selfishness, and her loss of self-control. Albert would read her confessions and issue her with a ‘certificate’ of improvement, reviewing her behaviour as he might a child. Albert’s intentions were no doubt good. He was certainly a loyal and faithful husband. Victoria’s adoration of her beloved was undimmed. But she was made to feel that she was inadequate, his intellectual and moral inferior. “I owe everything to dearest papa,” she told her daughter. “He was my father, my protector, my guide and adviser in all and everything, my mother (I might almost say) as well as my husband.”

This was not a marriage of equals. It was as if the only way the couple could live with the anomaly (as they saw it) of Victoria being a woman on the throne and superior in rank to her husband was by making her feel that she was Albert’s inferior in every other respect. This artifice imposed unbearable stresses upon them both. Little wonder Victoria lost her temper now and then.

Albert’s reaction was to escape into work. In the 1850s he consistently rose early in the morning to deal with his growing amount of paperwork. His meddling in politics made him unpopular in the country, and he became a lonely, unhappy figure. Photographs show him prematurely aged, balding and careworn. Queen Victoria’s tragedy was that Albert’s death, aged 42, meant that these tensions were never resolved.

Jane Ridley is professor of history at the University of Buckingham and author of several works on the Victorian era, including Victoria (Allen Lane, 2015).

PAssages: Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, by Joan Champ

Cartoon by Larry Lough in the Prince Albert Technical High School yearbook, 1972.

Long hair for boys was a big thing back in the early 1970s. A quick flip through my high school yearbook of 1972 shows that hardly a single boy had a visible forehead. Besides sweeping bangs, many of my male classmates had hair that flipped up slightly at their shirt collars. Some grew their hair even longer, and some had facial hair – sideburns, moustaches and beards.

The Beatles, 1970. Source: Associated Press.

It was a fashion statement, a strike against conformity, that all started with the Beatles and their “moptop” hairstyle back in the early 1960s. By the early 1970s, again influenced by the Beatles, the trend was for even longer, shaggier, hair – the “hippie” look – that eventually filtered from youth culture to ordinary working men.

Long hair back then was symbolic of a certain social/political mindset. For a guy, growing his hair long was a sign of non-conformity, of being cool, of solidarity among peers. Long hair also attracted girls. It was a time when a lot of girls, including me, wouldn’t look twice at a boy with short hair.

“They’ll Do It Every Time,” by Dunn & Thompson. Source: Star-Phoenix, May 18, 1967.

It was a tough time for barbers. On August 24, 1970, Prince Albert Daily Herald reporter Dennis Gruending wrote a story about the impact on the barbering trade of the “shaggy” look that was much in evidence on city streets. “This trend has certainly made it tougher on the barbers here,” said Cliff Campbell of the Avenue Hotel Barbershop. “People just don’t get their hair cut as often”. Campbell noted that although longer hair started with young people – “the wilder the better” – everyone was beginning to wear their hair longer. Peter Dyck, who ran the Clip Shop, agreed that the barbers’ business has been affected somewhat, but not to a serious degree. “People still need to get their hair cut, they just don’t get it cut as short,’ he told Gruending. Dyck observed that now, ironically, “many businessmen who, a few years ago would never have thought of it, are wearing their hair and clothes to conform to what used to be non-conformism.” Cliff Scott, who worked at the Style Barbershop and Beauty Salon, conceded that the longer styles had definitely hurt business. “We lost the teenagers four years ago,” Scott stated, “but now even businessmen, who were regular two-week customers, are coming in only after four or five weeks.”

Source: PA Daily Herald, August 24, 1970.

As the three barbers reveal, attitudes changed, and soon long hair became an accepted part of everyday life. Some men even started styling their hair, which meant a switch from the barber to the salon. I remember that a couple of boys in my class got perms. Shags, afros, mullets – nothing to bat an eye over. These hair styles represented broader changes within society relating to questions of conformity, permissiveness, changing perceptions of masculinity, and the impact of consumerism and the mass media – big ideas that we are still grappling with today.

Because of negative connotations, long hair could get boys into trouble. Many conservative people and institutions considered long hair to be morally corrupt and just plain wrong. In their minds, long hair was associated with dirtiness, effeminacy, or deviancy. Young men were sometimes forced to cut their hair to get, or keep, a job. Boys with long hair were taunted on the street. “Get a haircut!” I remember friends of mine being provoked into fights at Rec Centre dances because of the length of their hair.

There are plenty of stories of long-haired students being kicked out of school. In Blaine Lake, for example, a ten-year-old student was expelled in 1971 for breaking the school rule regarding “proper” hair length for boys. The boys’ family challenged the school board’s ruling in Queen’s Bench Court, but, in the days before the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the judge upheld the school officials’ authority. An editorial in the Herald on September 13, 1971 asked why the length of a boy’s hair was of any concern to school boards. “If current legislation allows school boards to have authority over the lives of students to such a degree that they can arbitrarily dictate how long a student’s hair shall be, then our so-called freedom is certainly in jeopardy,” the Herald wrote. “A Canadian has some rights, even if he is only ten years of age.” Rights and freedoms were not addressed in our Constitution until 1982.

Editorial in the PA Daily Herald, September 13, 1974.

During the same year that schoolboys were being persecuted for their long hair, prisoners at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary in Prince Albert were enjoying a new liberality in hair styles. The Herald reported on September 28, 1971 that a recent directive from Canada’s Solicitor-General’s department allowed male prisoners to have haircuts that conformed “more to the norms existing in the community.” Further, during the 30 days prior to release, “an inmate may have his hair, mustache or beard grow to whatever length he prefers.”

Source: PA Daily Herald, September 28, 1971.

Long hair styles for men have recently made a bit of a comeback. Forget the scraggly ponytail – the man bun and hipster styles have become mainstream. “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” Although I confess that I don’t remember any “man buns” in the 1970s!

Photos from Prince Albert: A Victorian Hero Revealed

Prince Albert and Queen Victoria

Doctors still argue about this prince’s early death

Thirty years ago, after experiencing the tragic death of a loved one, one of my friends consoled me with the following odd set of sentences:

“You’ll get over your grief, Howard. Everyone does. Unless he is Queen Victoria.”

Instantly, an image of the heavyset, grimacing Queen appeared in my mind’s eye. This strange condolence made me smile in my darkest hour because, as well known to every English monarchy buff, Victoria dressed in widow’s black from the day her beloved husband, the Prince Consort Albert, died in 1861 until her death on January 22, 1901.

I recall this moment because Dec. 14 is the 156th anniversary of Prince Albert’s death.

For more than a century, Albert’s demise was attributed to typhoid fever. More recently, however, a parade of doctors and armchair pathologists have argued that it was something more than an infection that carted the prince away.

The scene of Albert’s death was the royal bedroom in the stately Windsor Castle on the Thames. A lithograph by W.L. Walton (after a painting by Oakley) committed the event to paper and features a distraught Queen Victoria and Albert’s physicians, Dr. William Jenner, Sir James Clark (who treated John Keats on his deathbed, in Rome, 41 years earlier), Sir Henry Holland and Dr. Thomas Watson. It was here where the 42-year-old prince consort died after a four-or-more-week illness, one that may have begun in early-to-mid-November with vague symptoms of insomnia, leg and arm pain, loss of appetite, and a generalized feeling of simply not feeling well.

The details released to the press about the prince’s illness were incomplete, vague and imprecise. In real time, however, the Royal Family worried that Albert was suffering from “gastric” or “low” fever, both euphemisms for the deadly and still mysterious typhoid fever. This infection is typically caused by the ingestion of water or food tainted with a microbe known as Salmonella typhii. In the era before antibiotics and intravenous fluids, a bout of typhoid typically lasted 21 to 30 days, and either ended in death or, if the body was strong enough to fight off the microbial assault, a slow and steady recovery. The characteristic symptom is a rose-colored skin rash erupting between the 8th and 12th day of illness. Other symptoms include fever, abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea.

Prince Albert, the Prince Consort, with Queen Victoria and several of his children at Buckingham Palace, London on 14th December 1861. Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images.

Oddly, several weeks before Prince Albert’s demise, he articulated an ennui of depression, if not a distinct desire to die. He candidly told Victoria, “I do not cling to life. You do but I set no store by it. If I knew that those I love were well cared for, I should be quite ready to die tomorrow … I am sure if I had a severe illness, I should give up at once. I should not struggle for life. I have no tenacity for life.”

Dr. William Jenner, Albert’s consulting physician, was particularly adept at the management of typhoid fever and made the diagnosis in the royal patient. Jenner was the author of the well-regarded 1850 text, “On the Identity or Non-Identity of Typhoid and Typhus Fever.” According to Dr. Jenner’s clinical notes, the pink rash of typhoid appeared on the prince’s skin on Saturday, Dec. 7, but Albert was never told of the severity of his illness because, as Victoria recorded, “he had a horror of fever.”

During his last week of life, Albert grew progressively more disoriented and dehydrated. He also had trouble breathing and was coughing a lot. It was during this period when a slew of often contradictory press reports on the prince’s condition began to be appear in print. The rapidity of increasingly worse news bulletins made the illness seem far more rapid than it actually was. Indeed, the venerable medical journals, The Lancet and the British Medical Journal, complained about the many discrepancies in information released from Windsor Castle and called for formal inquiries into the entire matter.

The death of such a popular figure and esteemed leader presaged the public outpouring of sympathy seen in 1997, when Princess Diana was killed in an automobile accident. In the end, royal grief trumped the public’s right to know about the health of their leaders, a theme that, too often, continues to this day. The British Medical Journal reported that the prince’s disease was “the very offspring of foul sewers and ill-drained dwellings.” Interestingly, the word typhoid was not officially attached to the clinical picture until Dec. 21, 1861, when “typhoid fever duration 21 days” was listed by the Registrar-General as Albert’s official cause of death.

In recent years, physicians have argued over what killed Prince Albert. Apparently, he had a lengthy medical history of intermittent abdominal cramps, occasional intestinal obstruction, anorexia, diarrhea, fatigue and rheumatic joint problems. While some have hypothesized various forms of abdominal cancer (his mother died of stomach cancer at the age of 30), some physicians and historians have argued that Albert may have suffered from either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, complicated by a perforation of the bowel, sepsis and death. In the end, we will never really know, although we can all agree that poor Albert died prematurely.

During their marriage together, Victoria was deeply devoted to Albert and allowed him to play a major role in governing her kingdom. Regardless of the cause of Albert’s death, it inspired Queen Victoria to “lean in” and become the beloved, decisive and effective Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and Empress of India. Victoria may have worn the widow’s black for more than 40 years, but she was a woman who took charge and ruled over one of the most glorious eras of humankind — one we still refer to today as the Victorian Age.

Left: In recent years, physicians have argued over what killed Prince Albert, seen here giving a proclamation to Queen Victoria. Photo by The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images

How did the Prince Albert piercing get its name?

The theory goes that Prince Albert, as in the husband of Queen Victoria herself, had a penis piercing in his twenties. This hasn’t been confirmed, sadly, but the rumours were strong enough to get the piercing named after him.

Some people believe that the piercing helped the prince’s penis hang in an aesthetically pleasing fashion in tight trousers, which were the style of the day, while others suggest that he had Peyronie’s disease, and had the piercing in an attempt to straighten his penis.

If Prince Albert did have such a piercing, it seems he wasn’t the first.

The Kama Sutra, written far earlier than Prince Albert was around, mentions genital piercing as a way to obtain true sexual pleasure.

A Detailed Look at the Many Romances of Prince Albert of Monaco

Prince Albert is the reigning monarch of Monaco and head of the princely house of Grimaldi.

The son of Prince Rainier III and American actress Grace Kelly was at one point the most eligible bachelor in the world, and he was linked to a fair share of famous names and personalities.

Here, we&rsquove outlined the royal&rsquos dating history (including his rumored romances).

Cecilia Peck

In the early &lsquo80s, Prince Albert dated American film producer, director, and actress Cecilia Peck&mdashthe daughter of Gregory Peck, a close friend of Grace Kelly's.

Jean Simmons

The Prince was also linked to an American model and actress named Jean Simmons, who had dated actors Nick Nolte and Lorenzo Lamas.

Janice Dickinson

At one point, the royal dated self-proclaimed &lsquofirst supermodel&rsquo Janice Dickinson. After modeling in the &lsquo70s and &lsquo80s, Dickinson starred in reality shows America&rsquos Next Top Model and The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency .

Catherine Oxenberg

Prince Albert dated Catherine Oxenberg, an American actress who played Amanda Carrington on the '80s soap opera Dynasty . As the daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, Oxenberg is a member of the Serbian House of Karageorgevich.

Catherine Alric

The Prince's relationship with Catherine Alric ended after the French film and television actress grew tired of his constant &ldquowandering gaze.&rdquo According to Jeffrey Robinson&rsquos Grace of Monaco: The True Story , Alric allegedly returned his apologetic flowers, along with his luggage, with a note which read, &ldquoLove without faithfulness is like a flower without sun.&rdquo

Marina Anissina

In the mid-2000s, German tabloid Das Neue Blatt reported that Prince Albert had an affair with French-Russian ice dancer Marina Anissina between 2002 and 2005.

Sonja Morgan

Long before Sonja Morgan married John Adams Morgan and appeared on The Real Housewives of New York City , she had &ldquoescapades&rdquo with Prince Albert. In one episode of the reality show , she recalled to Bethanney Frankel, &ldquoI used to wear this with Prince Albert when we were dating in Monaco. Can you believe this? It has a skirt. I must have left the skirt at Albert's.&rdquo

Cathy Lee Crosby

According to FamousFix , Albert dated Cathy Lee Crosby after meeting at a tennis tournament in Monaco in 1979. Since she was 10 years his senior, Grace Kelly was reportedly upset over this particular relationship.

Michele Freeman

According to a Weekly World News piece published on November 17, 1981, &ldquo[Prince Albert] shocked his mother by snuggling with black American singer Michele Freeman in a European nightclub.&rdquo

Donna Rice

The same piece reported that the prince &ldquoromanced American beauty contest winner Donna Rice.&rdquo

Morgan Fairchild

In 1982, months after dating Donna Rice and Michele Freeman, the prince was reported to be romantically involved with American actress Morgan Fairchild.

Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields and Prince Albert sparked dating rumors after they played in a celebrity tennis tournament together.

Deborah Moore

Prince Albert dated the daughter of Roger Moore (who famously played James Bond) as a 27-year-old bachelor. The Moores are close friends of the Grimaldis.

Fiona Fullerton

Coincidentally, the royal was spotted with British actress Fiona Fullerton who appeared as a KGB spy in Bond film A View To A Kill .

Teri Weigel

Prince Albert had a brief but controversial relationship with Teri Weigel, who appeared in X-rated films and Playboy magazine.

Nancy Stafford

The Prince dated American actress Nancy Stafford in 1986. The two were frequently seen out and about in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Calgary.

Patrizia Pellegrino

According to People , Patrizia Pellegrino met Albert in 1983 and had an affair with him. "Albert is the most wonderful of lovers," the Italian actress said.

Lisa Marie Presley

In 1988, Prince Albert allegedly courted the daughter of Elvis Presley in Los Angeles.

Gabriela Sabatini

The same year, it was reported that Albert showered 17-year-old tennis star Gabriela Sabatini with flowers and chocolates and took her out to dinner after meeting at the French Open.

Khrystyne Haje

In 1991, Albert dated Khrystyne Haje, star of American sitcom Head of the Class .

Kim Alexis

The Evening Standard reports that the Prince attended the 1991 Princess Grace Foundation Awards with American model and television personality Kim Alexis.

Tamara Rotolo

Prince Albert&rsquos romantic fling with American waitress Tamara Rotolo entered public consciousness after Rotolo filed a paternity lawsuit against the prince for daughter Jazmin Grace Grimaldi . Though the case was dismissed at the time, a DNA test in May 2006 confirmed that Prince Albert was, in fact, the father of her daughter.

Claudia Schiffer

Albert was first introduced to supermodel Claudia Schiffer at the World Music Awards. In 1997, the prince validated the dating rumors surrounding them by saying, &ldquoI took her out on a couple of dates but that was it.&rdquo

Kylie Minogue

The Prince&rsquos relationship with Australian singer Kylie Minogue started in 1993 when the two went out to lunch at the Beach Plaza Hotel. In 2002, Minogue and the prince had another encounter at the World Music Awards. She was quoted as saying , &ldquo'The Prince swept me off the ground,' she says. 'I was a bit surprised to feel his hand caress my backside when he put me down. It was a bit embarrassing.'&rdquo

Tatum O&rsquoNeal

It&rsquos rumored that Prince Albert and American actress Tatum O&rsquoNeal had a romantic fling in 1994.

Naomi Campbell

International supermodel Naomi Campbell was linked to the royal once upon a time. Several photographs show the two partying in multiple cities, some show them hugging, hand-holding, and even Prince Albert being fed by Campbell.

Amber Norman

Prince Albert reportedly had a romantic fling with American model Amber Norman in 1996.

Simona Tagli

From 1997 to 2000, the royal was allegedly involved with former Italian showgirl Simona Tagli.

Nicole Coste

Weeks before Prince Albert&rsquos coronation, a former Air France flight attendant named Nicole Coste made headlines after she announced that she had a 21-month-old son named Alexandre who was fathered by the royal. The prince later confirmed that Alexandre Coste was indeed his biological son.

Angie Everhart

The Prince had a rumored relationship with Playboy and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Angela Kay "Angie" Everhart in 1998.

Julie Hayek

At another point, the prince was spotted canoodling with former Miss USA Julie Hayek at a Monaco nightclub in 1998.

Tasha de Vasconcelos

Prince Albert&rsquos relationship with actress and humanitarian ambassador Tasha de Vasconcelos was widely publicized. The two were even subject to several marriage rumors on separate occasions: 1998 and 2005.

Sallie Toussaint

Between 2000 and 2001, actress Sallie Toussaint was rumored to be dating Prince Albert.

Bo Derek

In an interview Larry King , Bo Derek admitted that she went on a date with the royal. The American actress said, &ldquoI have to say it was really fun walking in. I mean, to walk into a restaurant and a nightclub with him was hilarious. People&mdashthe food was falling out of people's mouths. It was fantastic.&rdquo

Alicia Warlick

American pole vaulter Alicia Warlick was linked to the prince in 2002. The two attended the Princess Grace Awards and were rumored to be engaged.

Alexandra Kamp

In May 2003, the prince was rumored to be dating German model and actress Alexandra Kamp.

Shermaine Sharivar

The prince was briefly linked to Iranian-German beauty queen Shermaine Sharivar in 2005.

Princess Charlene of Monaco

After years of dalliances, Prince Albert married Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock. Born in Zimbabwe, Wittstock moved to South Africa at the age of 11. She represented South Africa at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and finished fifth in the 4 x 100-meter medley relay. The royal couple first met at a Monte Carlo swimming competition in 2000. After attending royal engagements in 2006, the two announced their engagement in June 2010 and were married a year later. In 2014, Princess Charlene gave birth to fraternal twins Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques.

Five facts about Prince Albert

The love affair between Victoria and Albert is one of history's most endearing, but what do we know of the man outside his relationship with the Queen?

He was Queen Victoria's first cousin

The pair were first cousins, sharing a set of grandparents. Victoria's mother, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld and Prince Albert's father, Duke Ernst of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha were brother and sister.

The two were born just two months apart and were even delivered by the same midwife, Charlotte Heidenreich von Siebold.

Queen Victoria proposed to Albert

The two first met in 1836, with 17-year-old Queen Victoria writing about him in her diary: "He is extremely handsome. His hair is about the same colour as mine his eyes are large and blue and he has a beautiful nose and a very sweet mouth with fine teeth.”

The two met again three years later after Victoria was crowned Queen. Five days into their second meeting, Victoria proposed and Albert accepted. Victoria believed that because she was of higher standing, it was up to her to make the proposition.

1854: Queen Victoria (1819 - 1901) and Prince Albert (1819 - 1861) in a re-enactment of their marriage ceremony. Prince Albert is in military uniform and is wearing his medals. (Photo by Roger Fenton/Roger Fenton/Getty Images)

The couple got married on 10 February 1840, in the Chapel Royal of St James’s Palace, and went on to have nine children. Five girls, named Victoria, Alice, Helena, Louise and Beatrice, and four boys, named Albert (who became King Edward VII), Alfred, Arthur, and Leopold.

Albert held a lot of power

Although known as Queen Victoria's consort and called Prince Albert, he was king in all but title. Moving his desk to be beside the Queen's and quickly assuming the role of private secretary and advisor. As Victoria spent so many early years of marriage pregnant, Albert stepped up to the plate, standing in for his wife and advising her on matters of national and international importance.

“With his wife continually side-lined by pregnancy – Albert [became] all-powerful, performing the functions of king but without the title, driving himself relentlessly through a schedule of official duties that even he admitted felt like being on a treadmill,” historian Helen Rappaport wrote in the December 2011 issue of BBC History Magazine.

Prince Albert organized The Great Exhibition

The Great Exhibition of 1851 was the world's first display of design and goods, showcasing a mix of British engineering, exotic goods, and anything else you can think of! The idea behind it was to secure Britain's status as an industrial leader, and a force to the reckoned with within the empire. A third of the population, roughly six million people, attended, including Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Karl Marx and Charles Darwin.

Writing about the event, The Times reported on 2 May 1851: "They who were so fortunate as to see it hardly knew what most to admire."

Historian Dominic Sandbrook says: “To subsequent historians, the exhibition represented the summit of Victorian imperial self-confidence… To thousands of people at the time, it probably represented little more than a terrific day out.”

May 1860: Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819 - 1861) to Queen Victoria, reading at Buckingham Palace nineteen months before his death of pneumonia and typhoid. (Photo by Camille Silvy/Keystone/Getty Images)

Prince Albert died suddenly aged 42

Aged just 42, Prince Albert died on 14 December 1861 after being unwell for two weeks. His official cause of death is given as “typhoid fever: duration 21 days”. However, modern historians have attributed his death to illnesses including Crohn’s disease, renal failure, and abdominal cancer.

The grief experienced by Queen Victoria has become legendary, with the monarch wearing black for the rest of her life and sleeping beside a photograph of her late husband. She also withdrew from public life and refused to appear at social functions.

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