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H.R.H. Albert Edward Kauikeaouli Kaleiopapa a Kamehameha


Prince Albert Edward Kauikeaouli Kaleiopapa a Kamehameha was born on May 20, 1858, the only son of H.M. King Kamehameha IV and H.M. Queen Emma.  He was the godson of H.M. Queen Victoria and became the Crown Prince and heir to the throne.

The young prince was given the Hawaiian name Kauikeaouli Kaleiopapa after his great uncle, H.M. King Kamehameha III.  Also carring the name Albert Edward in honor of H.R.H. Albert Edward, Prince of Wales

During his life was also made an honorary member of Fire Engine Company Number Four in Honolulu and was given his own Company Four red uniform.

In August 1862, the prince's became ill, as his condition declined, King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma made a personal request to Queen Victoria to send a bishop from the Anglican Church to baptize the prince. They also requested Queen Victoria to be his godmother. Queen Victoria consented to both requests, and sent as a baptismal gift an elaborate silver christening cup, about three feet high. Bishop Thomas Nettleship Staley was sent but did not arrive until October. As the prince grew sicker, the American minister Ephraim W. Clark from Kawaiahaʻo Church baptized the prince on August 23. The Episcopal liturgy was used with the British Commissioner William Webb Follett Synge standing in for the godparents.

The Prince died on August 27, 1862, at the palace, four days after his baptism.  Prince Albert's funeral was held on September 7, 1862. He was temporarily placed in a tomb in front of the palace.  Before the lid of the coffin closed, the King removed the star of diamonds from his uniform and laid it on the chest of his only son.  The King then ordered the construction of a new Royal Mausoleum where he was laid to rest.

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