Prince Albert had a grand vision for the area of South Kensington. The idea was that it would be a centre for culture and education. The 1851 Great Exhibition was held in a gigantic, purpose-built, glass palace erected in Hyde Park kick-started the project. It was a huge success and raised enough money for the foundations of Victoria & Albert Museum, then followed Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall and many other monuments. Sadly Prince Albert died very young, but he will be forever remembered with the beautiful memorial commissioned by Queen Victoria. In 2019 the bicentenary of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, both born in 1819, is celebrated. We will commemorate their birthdays with a walk starting in the Victoria & Albert Museum and ending in Hyde Park.
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