On this day: the opening of the Royal Albert Hall

RAH_Grand_Opening_by_Queen_Victoria_29_March_1871_The_GraphicThe grand opening of the Royal Albert Hall in London by Queen Victoria on 29 March 1871 as illustrated in The Graphic, an illustrated newspaper of the time.

The Graphic illustrates the opening performance.

The Royal Albert Hall in London, named in honour of Queen Victoria’s late husband, was opened on the 29th of March, 1871.

Prince Edward, the future king, gave the speech, as Victoria was said to be too overcome to talk.

A concert followed the opening speech.

A Victorian Prince

Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale (8th January 1864 – 14th January 1892). The eldest son of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and Queen Victoria’s grandson. Second in line to the throne during his life, he died of pneumonia nine years before Victoria’s death and eighteen years before the death of his father.

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