The Royal Albert is a historical building which, at the time of its construction, enjoyed the moral and financial support of members of the aristocracy and of wealthy businessmen. The day of the laying of the foundation stone was a major historical occasion for the city of Lancaster. The mayor invited all local inhabitants to observe a holiday in the town for half a day. Queen Victoria also granted her patronage to the institution and donated 100 guineas.
Royal Patronage continued to be granted by her successors, i.e. King Edward VII, King George V, King George VI. As such, the property has been very well maintained and is one of Lancaster’s most prominent and historical buildings. It has recently served as a hospital as well as a school for the mentally handicapped.
The buildings cover 300,00 sq. ft and are of similar design and layout to the world famous Oxford University. They are surrounded by 20.5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. A Victorian, four storey, grade II listed building with extensive accommodation forms the boarding. The other two buildings form the madrasah and school.