History - OnThisDay: 14 - December 1861 - Death of Prince Albert and the Albert Memorial in London

On 14 December 1861, Prince Albert died at the age of 42 of typhoid.
Soon Queen Victoria commissioned a suitable memorial in memory of
her beloved husband.

Albert Memorial in London - own picture taken in 2016


The initiative was taken by the Lord Mayor of London, William Cubitt.
On a meeting on 14 January 1862, he appointed a committee to raise funds
for a design, which had to be approved by the Queen.

A handsome Prince Albert in 1840
Source picture: Wikipedia


The popularity of the Prince Consort led to the creation of several
Albert Memorials around the United Kingdom. The first was set up in
Manchester.

Statue of Prince Albert - Albert Memorial London- own picture taken in 2016

The order to create a statue of Prince Albert in Kensington Gardens, London,
in front of the Royal Albert Hall was initially given to Baron Carlo Marochetti,
a favorite sculptor of Queen Victoria. However he died in 1867.
In 1868, John Henry Foley was commissioned to create the statue of Prince Albert.


The architects who worked on the memorial were led by Sir George Gilbert Scott.
Other artists were inter alia:
Thomas Leverton Donaldson;
William Tite;
Sydney Smirke;
James Pennethorne;
Matthew Digby Wyatt;
Philip C.Hardwick;
William Burn;
Edward Middleton Barry.

Finally, the monument was opened in July, 1872, by Queen Victoria herself.

Albert Memorial - London - own picture taken in 2016


Royal Destination - Court of Audit/ Cour des Comptes / Rekenhof in Brussels, Belgium

The Cour des Comptes or in Dutch: "Rekenhof" in Brussels, Belgium,
really is an interesting royal and historic destination.

Court of Audit in Brussels, Belgium


This magnificent building, located in the heart of Brussels, between
the Coudenberg and the Sablon, the Cour des Comptes was a former
residence of the royal family.

Here the Count of Flanders and their family lived. On 8 April 1875,
King Albert I of Belgium was born in this palace.

Court of Audit in Brussels, Belgium - Place of Birth of King Albert I

King Albert I of Belgium 


But there is much more interesting royal history ...

In 1386, the Chambre des Comptes (Court of Audit) was established
by Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy.

In 1406, Anthony, Duke of Brabant and second son of Philip the Bold,
set up a Court of Audit in Brabant.

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V ordered that there had to be
Court of Audits in inter alia:
Lille (France), Brussels (Belgium) and The Hague (the Netherlands).

Entrance of the Court of Audit in Brussels

The Court of Audit of Belgium was created on 30 December 1830, just a
few months after the Belgian revolution.

The Court of Audit has to check the  use of the public funds :-)