X10391 | Royal family

Royal family
About 1861, 19th century
Albumen print carte-de-visite
6.4 x 10.5 cm
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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At the height of the diplomatic crisis between the United States and Britain over the Trent Affair, Queen Victoria's (1819-1901) husband, Prince Albert (1819-61), died unexpectedly on December 14, 1861, at the age of forty-two. The distraction of the funeral and mourning rituals blunted Britain's anger toward the United States over its violation of neutral shipping rights.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the proud parents of nine children born between 1841 and 1857, had created a tidy family unit of domestic bliss and outward harmony. In addition to ensuring the future of the British monarchy, their many children provided opportunities for political alliances through marriage with the royal houses of Europe.

Queen Victoria never fully recovered from her grief at the loss of her husband, and sombre duty characterized the last forty years of her reign.

  • What

    This carte-de-visite combines individual photographs of members of the royal family into one composite photograph.

  • Where

    Carte-de-visite images of politicians and prominent public figures were avidly collected and kept in special albums.

  • When

    Cartes-de-visite were especially popular from the mid-1850s to the 1870s.

  • Who

    Queen Victoria married Albert Augustus Charles Emanuel, Prince of Saxe Coburg and Gotha, on February 10, 1840.