Why Is a Prince Albert Piercing Called a Male Genital Piercing?

The Prince Albert piercing technique is named for Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert of England. This kind of piercing is thought to have been worn by the monarch.

Men’s tight trousers were a common fashion choice in the early 1800s. Men would frequently have a ring implanted in their penis that could be fastened to a hook inside their pants in order to prevent an ugly bulge.

The men would be able to keep their genitalia neatly tucked to one side thanks to this ring, known as a dressing ring. It’s thought that the husband of Queen Victoria had one of these piercings.

In India before Prince Albert’s time, genital piercings were popular. Fakirs, or spiritual men, would put hooks and rings in their genitalia. To stretch their penis to unnatural lengths, they fastened weights to these rings or hooks. Visitors who wanted to view the fakirs’ exceptionally enormous appendages would have to pay a fee.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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