London, England

Albert Memorial

Albert Memorial is a grand Victorian monument that is lavish in its design and set within the scenic Kensington Gardens.

A memorial fit for a king

When Prince Albert, the much-loved husband of Queen Victoria, died of typhoid in 1862, the bereaved Queen commissioned a memorial to celebrate his life. Designed by George Gilbert Scott, it features a gilded bronze sculpture of Prince Albert under an ornate tower. The Queen spared no cost or efforts in the creation of a fine memorial that continues to draw thousands of visitors even today.

Fine art and sculpture

At the base of the memorial is the finely etched Frieze of Parnassus which features 187 carvings of poets, musicians and artists as an ode to the Prince’s passion for creative arts.   At the four corners are marble sculptures depicting the four foundations of the Victorian era: agriculture, commerce, manufacture and engineering. Further down are four more intricate marble carvings that pay homage to the reach of the British empire – America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

Albert Memorial is a fascinating memorial that is fit for a king. Indeed, he was, after all, the husband of one of the most powerful monarchs in recent history.

Handy Tip:

  • Guided tours conducted from March to December allow visitors to go past the railings and enjoy closer views of the Frieze of Parnassus as well as other intricate details of the monument.