The Royal Albert Hall opening
Originally shared by Ed Pearce
The Royal Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria on March 29, 1871.
Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert planned the Great Exhibition which had 13,500 exhibitions and constituted at its time the largest assembly of people collected together for one purpose. Instead of the loss initially predicted, the Exhibition made a profit of £186,000,
Part of the profits of the Great Exhibition went to build the Royal Albert Hall, which was originally conceived by Prince Albert as a hall of art and sciences. The official opening ceremony of the concert hall was on March 29, 1871.
The Albert Memorial, commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her late husband Prince Albert, is 176 ft (54m) high. Unveiled in Kensington Gardens in 1872, it cost £120,000 to build (the equivalent of £10 million today).
Albert is the only British Consort to have had a memorial (Albert Memorial) and a public building (Royal Albert Hall) dedicated to his name.