In Kensington Gardens you can visit the Albert Memorial. It is located across from the Royal Albert Hall. The memorial, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in memory of her husband, Prince Albert. Scott won his knighthood for his work on the memorial. Albert died in 1861 of typhoid fever. He was only 42 and the Queen died in 1901. She mourned the loss of her husband and when I viewed the memorial, I could sense how much she loved him. It is 176 feet tall (54m) and took over a decade to construct. The cost was £120,000. In today’s world the price would be around £10,000,000. Public subscription paid for the memorial. The statue of Prince Albert has a gold leaf surface, however for eight decades the statue was covered in black paint. Some thought this was to prevent it from being bombed in World War I by a Zeppelin. Research, though, suggests that the black paint happened before 1914 due to pollution damage to the original gold leaf. Restoration efforts began in 2006. If you are in the area, it is stunning. I have observed it on a sunny and a cloudy day. The gold really pops against the blue sky.