Royal Albert traces its roots to Albert Works of Longton Stoke on Trent. Albert Works was built in 1846 and was named after Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s consort. Thomas Wild bought the company in 1896 and proceeded to manufacturing commemorative pieces for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee the following year. This earned the company the Royal Warrant and its name was changed to Royal Albert in 1904. Royal Albert designs are mostly feminine and floral, inspired by English country gardens. The rose, which is England’s national flower, is a staple in most of its patterns.