Albert, the younger son of the Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha was born at Schloss Rosenau in 1819. He was educated in Brussels and Bonn and in 1839 visited his cousin, Queen Victoria in London. Victoria immediately fell in love with Albert and although he initially had doubts about the relationship, the couple eventually married in February 1840. During the next eighteen years Queen Victoria gave birth to nine children. Throughout their marriage Prince Albert acted as Victoria's private secretary. After the death of her favorite politician, Lord Melbourne in 1848, Albert's political influence increased. Albert took a keen interest in the arts and sciences and planned and managed the Great Exhibition in 1851. The profits of this successful venture enabled the building of the Royal Albert Hall and the museums in South Kensington. In 1857 Albert was given the title of Prince Consort. He died on December 14, 1861 from typhoid fever and was interred within the royal mausoleum at Frogmore, Windsor. The Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens, designed by Sir George Scott, was erected in his memory in 1871.