The Prince Albert Society
The Prince Albert Society aims to promote research into the academic,
cultural and political aspects of the German-British relationship, and with its name highlights the common heritage
which is connected to the life and work of Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1819-1861), Prince Consort to Queen Victoria.
Prince Albert was a passionate supporter of constitutional politics and sought to combine liberal constitutional ideas with
the drive for German unification in the context of the European international order. He hoped to achieve the recognition of
individual and social rights across national borders, for which he gained public support throughout Europe. He saw cooperation
between Britain and Germany as the best guarantee of justice and freedom in the whole of Europe, which would in turn contribute
to better international relations. He believed that in this way, the European nations would best meet the challenges of an
industrial mass society. His views on change and renewal were very progressive for his time, and reflected his modern views on social and cultural questions.
Here lay Albert’s contribution to nineteenth century Britain.
A comprehensive account of the society (in German language) can be found in Spektrum, the magazine of the University of Bayreuth, No. 01/2006: show the article (pdf-file, 165 KB).
The Prince Albert Society was founded on 7 March 1981 by the University of Bayreuth and the town of Coburg. The first chairman of the society was Professor Kurt Kluxen (University of Erlangen), and he was followed in 1982 by Professor Dr Adolf M. Birke (Director of the German Historical Institute London, Professor at the University of Bayreuth and at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich). Professor Dr. Franz Bosbach was at the helm from 1995 to 2008, when he became Prorector at the Univesity of Duisburg-Essen. He was followed by Professor Dr. Dieter Weiß, to be replaced three years later when he moved to the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich by Professor Dr. Frank-Lothar Kroll (Chemnitz). The Prince Albert Society is based in the town of Coburg, the former seat of the dukes of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and the home town of Prince Albert; nearby lies his birthplace, Schloss Rosenau. The Honoray President of the Society is His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh.