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A brief history of the Royal Albert Hall & Prince Consort Memorial
- The Royal Albert Hall is a concert hall located in South Kensington, London. It holds an audience of up to 5,272 & was
officially opened by Queen Victoria in 1871.
- Originally the hall was going to be called the Central Hall of Arts & Sciences but the name was changed to the Royal Albert Hall of
Arts & Sciences in honour of Prince Albert after his death. It forms a national memorial to the Prince Consort with the Albert Memorial directly to the north in Kensington
- The Albert Memorial (Prince Consort National Memorial) located across Kensington Gore from the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington
Gardens commemorated the death of Prince Albert in 1861.
- Officially entitled the Prince Consort National Memorial celebrating the achievements, passons & interests of Prince Albert and the
- The memorial was designed by George Gilbert Scott with the centrepiece being the statue of the Prince holding the catalogue of the Great
Exhibition , which was held in Hyde Park in 1851, the Prince helped to inspire and organise the event.
- The Memorial to the Great Exhibition of 1851, held in Hyde Park is located on the southern side of the Royal Albert Hall on the
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Steps. The Monument records the success of the "Great Exhibition" organised by Henry Cole & Prince Albert.
- The Memorial was designed by Joseph Durham with the original intention of crowning it with the statue of Britannia, but with the sudden
death of Prince Albert in 1861 of typhoid Queen Victoria arranged for a statue of the Prince to stand on top. The Memorial is made of Aberdeen and Cornish granite with bronze female figures
representing the continents of Europe, America, Asia & Africa.