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The Royal Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria in 1871 and it has become one of the United Kingdom’s most treasured and distinctive buildings.
The roof of the Hall was the largest of its kind ever to span an unsupported space. In order to test the unique construction, it was erected near the construction company before being dismantled and transported to the worksite on horse drawn vehicles in 1869.
The hall was originally supposed to have been called The Central Hall of Arts and Sciences, but the name was changed by Queen Victoria to Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences when laying the foundation stone as a dedication to her deceased husband and consort Prince Albert.
In March 1871, the hall was officially opened with a speech by Edward, the Prince of Wales, who stood in for the often stoic Victoria, who was too overcome with emotion to speak at the event.
Each year the hall hosts more than 350 events including classical concerts, rock and pop, ballet and opera, sports, award ceremonies, school and community events, charity performances and banquets.
The list of popular music artists includes Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Sting and Elton John and from a younger generation Adele, Jay Z, and the Killers.
Among leading world figures who have spoken at the Hall are Her Majesty The Queen, Sir Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, His Holiness The Dalai Lama and former President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton.
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