Soon Queen Victoria commissioned a suitable memorial in memory of
her beloved husband.
|Albert Memorial in London - own picture taken in 2016|
The initiative was taken by the Lord Mayor of London, William Cubitt.
On a meeting on 14 January 1862, he appointed a committee to raise funds
for a design, which had to be approved by the Queen.
A handsome Prince Albert in 1840
Source picture: Wikipedia
The popularity of the Prince Consort led to the creation of several
Albert Memorials around the United Kingdom. The first was set up in
|Statue of Prince Albert - Albert Memorial London- own picture taken in 2016|
The order to create a statue of Prince Albert in Kensington Gardens, London,
in front of the Royal Albert Hall was initially given to Baron Carlo Marochetti,
a favorite sculptor of Queen Victoria. However he died in 1867.
In 1868, John Henry Foley was commissioned to create the statue of Prince Albert.
The architects who worked on the memorial were led by Sir George Gilbert Scott.
Other artists were inter alia:
Thomas Leverton Donaldson;
Matthew Digby Wyatt;
Edward Middleton Barry.
Finally, the monument was opened in July, 1872, by Queen Victoria herself.
|Albert Memorial - London - own picture taken in 2016|