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The final illness and death of Prince Albert through Queen Victoria’s letters and journals - 10th December 1861:

Updated: Feb 6

Prince Albert by an unknown artist, dated 1860-1861 © Royal Collection Trust / HM King Charles III

Queen Victoria’s journal:

“Heard at 5 that the night had been good. At 8 went over & found dearest Albert fairly comfortable. The pulse was good & everything so far, satisfactory. He was still frequently wandering in his mind, but this Sir James said was to be expected. He was moved by the Doctors desire into the other room so he was wheeled in on my sofa & I helped to roll him in, & gave him eau de Cologne & vinegar to smell, to revive him, & he was given some wine. — Drove out with Alice & the D’S of Atholl. – After luncheon sat for some time with dear Albert, & I read to him, by his desire, till past 4. The Doctors were much pleased with his state & Sir J. Clark left, quite easy in his mind. It was settled little D’ Watson should come this evening, to sleep here. — Took a walk with Augusta B., & went to my beloved one when I came in. D’ Watson was much struck with his improvement & D’ Jenner considered the last 24 hours a decided gain. When I went in, after dinner found M’ Brown there, who was going to sit up. —“

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