May 24th will mark the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth, and August 26th will be the 200th anniversary of the birth of her husband, Prince Albert.
The couple’s love was legendary. Their nine children married into royal and noble families across the continent, earning her the moniker “the grandmother of Europe”. In 1840, the year they were married, Albert gave Victoria a gorgeous coronet, beset with sapphires and diamonds.
Prince Albert died in 1861, sending Victoria into deep mourning and prompting her to wear black for the rest of her life. She went into self-imposed isolation, only emerging occasionally. One such occasion was the opening of the UK Parliament in 1866, where she wore the coronet Albert had given her. That dazzling headpiece is now on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum of art and design in London, for the first time.
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