From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel; later the Prince Consort; 26 august 1819 - 14 december 1861) was the husband of Queen Victoria.
Conan Doyle and Prince Albert
- In the article Conan Doyle in America (1907), the journalist wrote that Arthur Conan Doyle was himself an exceedingly warm-blooded person, wearing no overcoat even in the coldest weather, and preferred to lecture in a frock-coat so that he might dispense with his waistcoat, the absence of which he concealed by buttoning up his "Prince Albert."
- The Crime of the Congo (1909) : Arthur Conan Doyle quoted Prince Albert when he returned from the Congo one year after the annexation by Belgium.
In the Sherlock Holmes stories
Prince Albert is mentioned 3 times in the Sherlock Holmes stories as the Albert chain, which was a pocket watch chain. Prince Albert started the trend of wearing pocket watches when he and Victoria got some of the first "keyless" pocket watches - beginning the pocket watch trend.
- Enoch Drebber wore a gold Albert chain. (STUD, 570)
- Jabez Wilson wore a heavy brassy Albert chain. (REDH, 29)
- Hosmer Angel wore a gold Albert chain. (IDEN, 249)