Queen Victoria was devastated by the premature death of her beloved Prince Albert in 1861 and entered an extended period of mourning, but unusually, in the history of memorials, it was a creative period of mourning. The Queen was determined to add art and history to the memory of her Consort. Out of this emerged the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
In his lifetime, Prince Albert had a passion for fine music, one of many passions that he shared with his Queen. On the 20th May 1867, on the former site of Gore House at the centre of Kensington’s Gore Estate, Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of The Royal Albert Hall. This was no small project and it was not until the 29th March 1871 that London celebrated the opening night. Queen Victoria herself was too overcome with emotion to deliver a speech and that task fell to the young Prince Edward.
At the time of the laying of the foundation stone, and to the accompaniment of a 21-gun salute, Queen Victoria had made known her wish that The Royal Albert Hall would be used in the promotion of ‘Arts and Sciences’. Moorcroft celebrates the 150th anniversary of this world famous building with a remarkable plaque featuring its opening night – a marriage of Britain’s finest art and architecture.
- Designer: Paul Hilditch
- Dimensions: H 28.00 x W 49.50 x D 2.00 cm
- Availability: Temporarily Unavailable
- Product Width49.50cm
- Product Height28.00cm
- Product Depth2.00cm
- Designer:Paul Hilditch
- Limited Edition Size:10
- Design Window (Style):Architecture