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The final illness and death of Prince Albert through Queen Victoria’s letters and journals – 27th & 28th November 1861:

Queen Victoria’s journal, 27th:

“Dear Albert not better & the night not at all good. He was to stay in. — Drove out with Ernest & Marie going through the Flemish Farm & looking at Albert’s beautiful herd of Herefordshire cattle. In the afternoon walking. My poor Albert suffered a good deal of pain & had frequently to rest, but yet was able to get about. – The Dean, the addition to dinner. -“

Prince Albert by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, dated 1845 © Royal Collection Trust / HM King Charles III

Queen Victoria’s journal, 28th:

“My poor dear Albert got to sleep late & was the better for it, though he had still much pain. — Alice & I had a nice lesson with M’ Leitch, & then I drove out with her & Marie, & also walked. & We heard last night rumours of an extraordinary outrage of the Americans on an English mail steamer, which is very alarming. — Dearest Albert feeling very weak, but not worse & he has no fever. He caught an additional chill on Friday. — Heard from L’ Russell that the report was strictly correct & that the Law Officers were decided that the “Act” was illegal! There is to be a Cabinet tomorrow. – Nemours, L° Carlisle, the Gladstones, M’ & MtS Sutton (late Governor of New Brunswick) come for 2 nights, & Mary Biddulph dined. Sat between Nemours & L° Carlisle. -“

© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2012

© Bodleian Libraries © ProQuest

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