There is a new film out now about Queen Victoria: “The Young Victoria” covers her romance and marriage to Albert.
I’m very excited about seeing this film, for obvious reasons – its set in the Victorian period – my favourite. I’ll be seeing it next week and will review it on here.
Anyway, that aside, I thought I would blog about why I think Prince Albert would make a great literary hero. I’ve been very interested in the man for a number of years, after I found out what a great man he was…and how lucky Victoria was to have him. No wonder there are so many memorials and building named after him….
1)Fidelity: No woman wants a man who has a mistress. Albert was against immorality and extra-marital affairs. His own unhappy childhood was to blame for that. He saw his mother and father divorce because of affairs, and he didn’t want that for his own children.
2)Helping Hand: Albert was Victoria’s personal secretary and advisor until he died. What girl can resist a man who will help through her daily tasks?
3)Caring husband: Albert stayed with his wife each time she gave birth – practically unheard of at the time for a member of the aristocracy.
4)Caring father: Albert was enlightened about childcare and because of it, all their nine children survived to adulthood. Unusual, even in the upper classes.
5)Philanthropist and forward thinker: He was against slavery, tried to improve conditions for the poor, and was a modern thinker, ahead of his time.
6)Great kisser…..er ok, I made that one up. We’ll never know. Unfortunately Victoria’s letters and journals never mention that! They had nine children, so she obviously couldn’t keep her hands off him!
PS Does anyone think like me, that the portrait of Albert at the top looks a bit like Richard Armitage???