Prince Albert Dies of Crohn's Disease
Prince Albert did not die of typhoid fever. Records from Royal Archives unveil answer to the 150-year old mystery.
One hundred fifty years after his death, the mystery behind the death of Prince Albert was finally solved. Historians uncovered that Queen Victoria's consort died not from typhoid fever, as what his physicians pronounced, but by Crohn's disease. Medical science has yet to unveil this illness at the time of his death, December 14, 1861, although this disease is easily curable these days.
Medical researchers theorized that the prince has manifested this conditions for years prior to his death. In fact, royal physicians were unsure of whether or not the prince's illness was typhoid but palace officials blocked the release of details surrounding the prince's condition before his death. Queen Victoria did not allow post-mortem, so it was believed all this year the Prince died of typhoid.
In 1993, an relatively obscure article from a medical journal hypothesized that the prince has suffered Crohn's disease. Triggered by his worry over his eldest son, future King Edward VII, the disease worsened to septicemia and eventually pneumonia.
About Crohn's Disease
Crohn's disease is also called regional enteritis. It is a disease that shows signs of inflammation of the bowel that eventually spreads to the gastrointestinal tract, mouth, and anus. It results to diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, weight loss, and complications in the gastrointestinal tract.
The Uncrowned King
Prince Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel was born on August 26, 1819, the younger son Ernest I, the reigning duke Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, and Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha Altenburg. His father was the elder brother of Queen Victoria's mother, the Duchess of Kent.
The Making of a Prince
He received his education from tutors and later attended the University of Bonn, and excelled both in academics and athletics. In 1836, he met then-Princess Victoria and their engagement was announced in 1839. Their marriage was solemnized October 10, 1840 at the Chapel Royal of St. James' Palace.
Initially unpopular with the British public, Prince Albert emerged as a wise innovator that led the reforms on the royal household, university education, royal finances, and even slavery. He presided over the royal commission that oversaw the 1851 Great Exhibition that was highlighted by the construction and opening of the Crystal Palace, a huge structure that housed the exhibition.
Prince Albert and Queen Victoria's marriage was happy and they were blessed with 4 sons and 5 daughters, whose marriage to important members of Europe's royal families accorded him the title “Grand father of Europe” had he lived long enough to see this happen.