Historical and Commemorative
Collection of Benjamin Weiss
NATIONAL THANKSGIVING FOR THE RECOVERY OF THE PRINCE OF WALES FROM TYPHOID
WYON, Joseph Shepherd & Alfred Benjamin: England, 1872, Bronze, 76 mm
Albert Edward (1841-1910), Prince of Wales, was the eldest son of Queen Victoria and her Prince Consort, Albert. He studied at Oxford and Cambridge and visited the United States and Canada in 1860. In 1863 he married Princess Alexandra of Denmark. The Prince of Wales contracted typhoid fever in December 1871 and nearly died as a result. A national thanksgiving for his recovery was held at St. Paul's Cathedral on February 27, 1872, the event commemorated by this medal.
LINK to portrait of the Prince of Wales by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (from Olga's Gallery)