Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert And The Death That Changed The Monarchy


“Why must I suffer like this It”s tearing the flesh from my bones”: How Queen Victoria”s obsessive love for her dead husband nearly destroyed the monarchy

10:00 PM on 29th October 2011

Regal bearing: Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend as Victoria and Albert in the 2009 film The Young Victoria

Regal bearing: Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend as Victoria and Albert in the 2009 film The Young Victoria

Loyal friend: The widowed Queen Victoria with her dog Sharp at Balmoral

Loyal friend: The widowed Queen Victoria with her dog Sharp at Balmoral

The dark arts: Prince Albert

The dark arts: Prince Albert”s death in 1861 sparked a booming trade for jet jewellery, made in workshops such as this one in Whitby, North Yorkshire

Obsessive love: Queen Victoria and Prince Albert pictured in 1854 re-enacting their wedding This illustration from 1840 titled Leap Year shows Queen Victoria proposing to Prince Albert at Windsor Castle in 1839

Obsessive love: Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, left, pictured in 1854 re-enacting their wedding

HE NEEDS GERMANISING

Grief: Queen Victoria mourned the death of Bertie until her own death in 1901

Grief: Queen Victoria mourned the death of Bertie until her own death in 1901

“Poor Bertie”: Albert Edward, Prince of Wales