As Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and later Empress of India, and Prince Consort of Sachsen-Coburg and Gotha, Victoria and Albert ruled not only an empire, but an era. Their identities were deeply embedded in the ideals of their time. The Victorian era, the term defining Victoria’s reign of 63 years, owed its very character to its namesake’s influence and example. Together with Prince Albert, she ushered in a new age of technology, economic power and culture in the Empire. The highpoint of this innovative period was marked by the legendary Great Exhibition of 1851 in London’s Crystal Palace and the founding of several cultural institutions in the area of South Kensington such as the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Albert Hall, which still prevail as leaders of the cultural world today. The Montblanc Patron of Art Homage to Victoria & Albert Limited Edition is dedicated to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and their passion for music and art. The couple edition brings the era of the Montblanc Patron of Art Editions, which began in 1992, to an end after almost 30 years.
Burgundy-coloured translucent lacquer and pearl-white lacquer on Albert edition reflect colours of British Field Marshall uniform worn by Prince Albert at his wedding to Victoria
Cap top of Prince Albert edition inspired by Crystal Palace, in honour of Prince Albert's visionary influence over first World Fair
Crowned with Montblanc emblem in precious resin
Geometric, step-shaped decoration beneath lacquer on Albert edition's cap recalls distinctive neogothicstepped gable of Schloss Rosenau, a place that Victoria remained attached to for her entire life
Handcrafted Au 750 solid gold-coated nib of Albert edition bears engraving of coat of arms of Saxony, which is found at the centre of Prince Albert's royal arms
Edition created in Albert's honour bears engraved motto of his coat of arms "treu und fest" on cap ring