Let's begin, simply enough, by copying the speech from our blank transcription and pasting it into a word processor. Then, we will give it a title, reflecting its archival origin, and note where it is held. I would suggest we use the title of the volume in which the speech is bound - 'Speeches by the Prince Consort' - followed by a ':' and the title of the speech in the archival description - 'The [Royal] Literary Fund'.
Beneath the title, we will note its reference, which can be found on the albert.rct.uk site, in the metadata above the image viewer: 'RA VIC/MAIN/Z/271/5'. 'RA', here, stands for Royal Archives, and the reference following is the shelf-mark. Finally, we will acknowledge that it was accessed digitally, using the URI from the browser - this can be taken from the address bar of the browser, or using the share button on the page. Beneath this, we will say who it is edited by, inserting a section break below this.
Next, we will make sure that we reflect the layout of the document. We should already have it laid out as the original in terms of line breaks, so we will add '[Page break]'s to show how the document flows from page to page.
We should also acknowledge any adjustments we might have made to the text. For example, on the penultimate page, Prince Albert has written 'not w
hish me to', striking out the 'h'. In this case, the intention is entirely clear, and so it is debatable as to whether it is necessary to point out our decision; however, a footnote at the bottom of the page reading 'Misspelling: 'whish', misplaced 'h' struck through' clarifies things. At the end of our text, we will insert a section break.
Finally, it would be a good thing to provide a little context for readers. This particular speech has no date or location attached to it, and it would be interesting to know when and where the event took place. Given that Prince Albert was a very public figure, and this seems to have been a significant event, it should not be difficult to find these things out from a contemporary newspaper report. Let's use the Bodleian's databases interface to find the British Library Newspapers, and then an advanced search to see if we can locate the information. We will limit the search to 1842, and look for 'Albert' and 'literary fund'.
From the promisingly titled article 'Literary Fund Society' from the Morning Chronicle 12 May 1842, we discover that the event took place on Wednesday 11th May at the Freemasons' Tavern. We also find that it was attended by 'nearly four hundred gentlemen'. A little further research, via Wikipedia this time, we find that the Literary Fund was established in 1790 to help British writers, and that it did not become the 'Royal Literary Fund' until some years later. Similarly, we can discover the location of the Freemasons' Tavern on Great Queen Street, London.
All of this allows us to add a little bit of information to our edition about the context, and we might write something like
'The Literary Fund was established in 1790 as a benevolent fund for British writers experiencing financial difficulties. It was granted a royal charter in 1819 and added 'Royal' to its title in 1845. The Society held an annual fund-raising dinner, at which Prince Albert gave this speech in 1842. The dinner was held that year on the 11th of May in the Freemasons' Tavern, Great Queen Street, London, and contemporary reports suggest that it was attended by nearly four hundred guests.'
Setting this in our new section, we will provide a footnote to the newspaper article and the relevant Wikipedia pages.
When we have finished, we can make any final decisions about font and styling, before we export our first, still tentative, semi-diplomatic digital print edition as a PDF.
Here is a draft of mine, based upon everything we have done together so far.