"the Consort, God save him, is a member of the House of Coburg"

Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert (1819-1861) was born into a Saxon family, Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, which was related to many of the royal families in Europe, including those of Russia, Belgium, Portugal, and Bulgaria. Albert is credited with encouraging the development of democracy in Great Britain by persuading Queen Victoria to interfere less in the business of Parliament. Though he had no constitutional power, Albert had a public voice on issues such as the abolition of slavery and Lord Palmerston's foreign policy.