May 24, 2019

200 years Victoria & Albert

Victoria & Albert 200 years – Picture by Coburg.

Year 2019 marks the joint 200th anniversary of the births of the late British monarch, Victoria, and her husband the Prince Consort Albert (né Prince of Saxe-Coburg-Saarfeld, later “and Gotha”). The today Upper Franconian (Bavarian) city of Coburg shall organise various events throughout the year to highlight the double birthdays, and HM Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has accepted to become patron to the celebrations. 

Several exhibitions, lectures and installations have been arranged as well as concerts. For instance, the musical “Albert und Victoria” produced by the Coburg Regional Theatre will be on show in August and September. 
A highlight will be the concert by Coburg Philharmonic Orchestra in London in collaboration with the Royal Choral Society that is to be patronised with the attendance of HRH The Duke of Kent, the Prince Edward of the United Kingdom, Personal Aide-de-Champ and first cousin of HM Queen Elizabeth II. One ought to recollect as well that Queen Victoria was known as Princess Alexandrina Victoria of Kent before her succession to the throne.

Hereditary Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Second Mayor of Coburg, Dr. Birgit Weber and Coburg Marketing Director Michael Selzer – Picture by Coburg.

Queen Victoria a scion of the House of Hannover (Guelph dynasty) was born on 24 May 1819 at Kensington Palace, whereas her husband Prince Albert was born in the then Duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saarfeld on 26 August 1819. 

For further information: 
City of Coburg: https://veranstaltungen.coburg.de/details/veranstaltung/14-coburger-museumsnacht-rund-um-den-hofgarten.html

House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha: http://www.sachsen-coburg-gotha.de

HRH The Duke of Kent: https://www.royal.uk/the-duke-of-kent

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