Prince Albert

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Winterhalter is best known for his grand, if rather superficial, portraits of European royal families during the middle years of the 19th century. However, when Sir Robert Peel resigned as Prime Minister in 1846, he particularly requested portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert "in that simple attire in which, when he has had the frequent happiness of being admitted to their private society, he has seen your Majesty and the Prince". This is the portrait which the Queen then asked Winterhalter to paint for Peel, and it commemorates the deep friendship and mutual respect between Prince and Prime Minister, which existed on a personal and private, as well as on an official, level. Prince Albert is wearing the Badge of the Order of the Golden Fleece around his neck, the Garter around his leg and the lesser Badge of the Order of the Garter on his hip.