Profile of the Day: Albert, Prince Consort
On May 1, 1851, the Great Exhibition opened at the Crystal Palace in London. Conceived by Prince Albert, the exhibit was the first in a series of World’s Fair exhibitions of culture and industrial innovation.
When Prince Albert married Queen Victoria at the age of 20, he found himself constrained by his position as consort. Over time, he adopted many public causes, such as educational reform and a worldwide abolition of slavery. Prince Albert also had a special interest in applying science and art to the manufacturing industry and became heavily involved in the organization of the Great Exhibition of 1851. Much of the exhibitions success is attributed to Prince Albert’s personal promotion and passion for the project.
The Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace, 1851
Many notable figures would attend the Great Exhibition, including Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens and Lewis Carroll. The exhibition was just the beginning of what would be called “world’s fairs,” which became a popular feature of the 19th century.
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