If you’ve ever been to London, you’ll have seen black cabs driving past all day. Yet what many Londoners don’t even know is how the black cabs originated. When Prince Albert died in 1861 at the age of 41, Queen Victoria was understandably grief-stricken. She ordered all hackney-carriages (the forerunners of the modern-day black cab) to be painted black, as a sign of mourning. When the hackney-carriage evolved into the taxis we now see on the streets of London, they didn’t change the colour, and these are now known as a trademark symbol of the city to tourists as the black cab.