Prince Albert: The Power Behind Queen Victoria's Throne with Sean Moran

Prince Albert: The Power Behind Queen Victoria's Throne with Sean Moran


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Prince Albert was a beloved husband, devoted father, and a renaissance man in the Victorian Age. Undoubtedly the power behind his wife, Queen Victoria, Albert was the de-facto King of England. There is no comparable figure in the history of the British Royal Family.

Albert, a German Prince, in an arranged marriage, became the devoted husband of one of the greatest and longest-reigning British monarchs in history. It was a marriage that was passionate but also had a stormy undertone. He led an all too brief life, dying tragically at the young age of 42. However, in that short life, the impact on his adopted homeland, especially on the perception of and working on the British Monarchy, was immense. Arguably he saved the British Monarchy from itself.

The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in 1851 was a main defining event in Albert’s life. Six million people, equivalent to a third of Britain’s entire population at the time, visited the exhibition. It was the world’s first international expo. Albert led from the front, gambling the reputation of the British monarchy in the process. It was a huge success and created a huge financial surplus that has created a significant cultural and scientific legacy in London that exists to this day.

One of London’s glories is the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens; it is a reminder of Albert’s greatness. Together, we will take a close look at the memorial during the conversation as well as exploring the magnificent Mausoleum where he rests alongside his Queen.

Led by a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Blue Badge Guide, and scholar of the British monarchy, Sean Moran, this visually powerful seminar will explore Albert’s contribution to Britain. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of Albert’s significant legacy that lasts to this day.

Since leaving university in 1982, Sean has lived and worked across the globe in a nearly 30-year career as a senior executive in financial services. He put his skills and knowledge to work in the Charity Sector in the UK for 7 years but decided life was too short to not focus entirely on his passions for people, history, art and architecture. When not guiding, Sean is restoring a Georgian House and serving as a Parish Councillor. He is a freeman of the City of London and a freeman of the City Livery company of Clockmakers. He lives in London and Wiltshire.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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