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“Passionate Patrons” – Victoria and Albert and the Arts Barbara Askew Thursday 28 February 2019

This will be a love story of a day! It is the 200th Anniversary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, ‘the Coburg Cousins’ born three months apart in 1819. Their shared enthusiasm for art and music endured throughout their twenty-two years of marriage.

Together they furnished and extended Buckingham Palace, made significant changes to Windsor Castle and commissioned two other royal residences, Balmoral and Osbourne House.

After Albert’s untimely death in 1861, Victoria became The ‘Widow of Windsor’. For the rest of her days she commemorated her beloved husband in architecture, paintings, busts and statuary. The Frogmore Mausoleum, the Albert Chapel and Albert Memorial bear eloquent testimony to her eternal grief.

This will be a fascinating day although we may shed a few tears!


All days of Special Interest include coffee and biscuits on arrival, a sandwich lunch and 3 lectures.

Price: £28 per person 

Bookings will be taken at December and January lectures.

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