Edward vii in coronation robes
Edward vii in coronation robes
King Edward VII of the United Kingdom
(1841-1910)

Died aged 68

Edward VII (Albert Edward; 9 November 1841 – 6 May 1910) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Emperor of India from 22 January 1901 until his death in 1910. The eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Edward was related to royalty throughout Europe. Before his accession to the throne, he served as heir apparent and held the title of Prince of Wales for longer than any of his predecessors. During the long reign of his mother, he was largely excluded from political power, and came to personify the fashionable, leisured elite. He travelled throughout Britain performing ceremonial public duties, and represented Britain on visits abroad. His tours of North America in 1860 and the Indian subcontinent in 1875 were popular successes, but despite public approval his reputation as a playboy prince soured his relationship with his mother. As king, Edward played a role in the modernisation of the British Home Fleet and the reorganisation of the British Army after the Second Boer War. He re-instituted traditional ceremonies as public displays and broadened the range of people with whom royalty socialised. He fostered good relations between Britain and other European countries, especially France, for which he was popularly called "Peacemaker", but his relationship with his nephew, Kaiser Wilhelm II, was poor. The Edwardian era, which covered Edward's reign and was named after him, coincided with the start of a new century and heralded significant changes in technology and society, including steam turbine propulsion and the rise of socialism. He died in 1910 in the midst of a constitutional crisis that was resolved the following year by the Parliament Act 1911, which restricted the power of the unelected House of Lords.

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Commemorated on 13 plaques

Photo of Edward VII blue plaque
Simon Harriyott on Flickr
Photo of Warnes Hotel, George Warne, Haile Selassie, Winston Churchill, and 3 other
Simon Harriyott on Flickr
Photo of Edward VII, Francis Greville, and Frances Evelyn Greville grey plaque
Simon Harriyott on Flickr
Photo of Victoria, Edward VII, and Guildhall, Lichfield stone plaque
Elliott Brown on Flickr
Photo of Langtry Manor Hotel, Bournemouth, Lillie Langtry, and Edward VII blue plaque
Alwyn Ladell on Flickr
Photo of Edward VII, John Wallis, and Jack (Kid) Berg blue plaque
Robin Drayton on Geograph
Photo of Edward VII, Arthur Abraham David Sassoon, and Louise Sassoon blue plaque
Jez Nicholson on Flickr
Photo of Edward VII, Lillie Langtry, Thomas Rule, and Rules black plaque
Nick Harrison on Flickr
Photo of Edward VII blue plaque
John S Turner on Geograph
Photo of Edward VII bronze plaque
Elliott Brown on Flickr
Photo of Alexandra, Edward VII, and Edward William Godwin black plaque
Nick Harrison on Flickr

King Edward VII (1841-1910) Stayed in Beach House 1907-1908-1909 & 1910

Beach House, Brighton Road, Worthing, United Kingdom where he stayed

On this site in 1899 George Warne 1864-1916 founded this hotel in part of York Terrace Warnes was Worthing's premier hotel famous visitors included King Edward VII King George V Emperor Haile Selassie and his family Winston Churchill General Montgomery General Eisenhower John Philip Sousa Warnes closed in 1985 burned down 1987

Marine Parade, Worthing, United Kingdom where he visited

During the 1890's the Earl and Countess of Warwick held many house parties at the Castle. Among the principal guests on the occasion portrayed here was H.R.H The Prince of Wales who later became King Edward VII

Warwick Castle, Warwick, United Kingdom where he visited

Site of the first United States transatlantic wireless telegraph station built in 1901-1902. Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America predecessor of RCA transmitted January 19, 1903 the first U.S. transatlantic wireless telegram addressed to Edward VII King of England by Theodore Roosevelt President of the United States of America

Wellfleet, Provincetown, Cape Cod, MA, United States where he received

This Guildhall stands on the site used for the Guild, or Fraternity, of Citizens established in 1387 by Richard II, which Guild continued for 161 years under 9 Monarchs, and was finally dissolved under Edward VI, in 1548. The present building was erected in 1846, by the Trustees of the Lichfield Conduit Lands, to whom the ancient Guild, in the year 1545, gave valuable properties out of their possessions to supply the citizens with water, and for their common weal. Her late Most Gracious Majesty, Queen Victoria, visited this City in 1832, and again in 1843. In 1894, His Majesty, King Edward VII, (as Prince of Wales), was received here on the Occasion of the Centenary of the Queen's Own Royal Staffordshire Yeomanry Cavalry.

The Guildhall, Bore Street, Lichfield, United Kingdom where he was (1894)

Langtry Manor Hotel Built 1877 as the Red House for the socialite, beauty and actress Lillie Langtry "The Jersey Lilly" (1853-1929) Edward Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) provided this residence to which he was a frequent visitor

Derby Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom where he frequently visited

The Unicorn Hotel. This ancient coaching inn was much used for meetings and entertainments in Georgian times, and was later patronised by Edward VII when Prince of Wales. One landlord, Robert Collinson, was four times Mayor (1876-80).

Unicorn Hotel, Ripon, United Kingdom where he was

Royal York Hotel. Sidmouth's first purpose built hotel opened 1810. In Oct. 1819 the Duke of Kent first visited Sidmouth. A copy of the famous Long Print of Sidmouth was presented to him at the hotel by John Wallis. The Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, stayed here with his tutor on 30th Sept. 1856, whilst on a private educational tour of South West.

The Esplanade, Sidmouth, United Kingdom where he stayed (1856)

King Edward VII 1841-1910 as Prince of Wales and as monarch, was a frequent visitor to this house, home of the Sassoon family

8 King's Gardens, Hove, United Kingdom where he visited

Rules London's Oldest Restaurant In the year Napoleon opened his campaign in Egypt, 1798, Thomas Rule promised his despairing family that he would say goodbye to his wayward past, settle down and open an oyster bar in Covent Garden. ... On the first floor, by the lattice window, was once the most celebrated table for two in London, this was the Prince of Wales' favourite spot for wining and dining the beautiful actress Lillie Langtry

35 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7LB, London, United Kingdom where he wined and dined

Town Hall. Chester town hall was opened in 1869 by the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII. The architect was W.H. Lynn of Belfast, whose design was chosed in a competition. It replaced the exchange building of 1698 which stood in the centre of Northgate street and burnt down in 1862.

Chester Town Hall , Northgate Street, Chester, United Kingdom where he opened

The quadrica surmounting this arch was presented to the nation as a mark of deepest loyalty and respect to his late revered Majesty Edward VII by Herbert First Baron Michelham of Hellingly KCVO.

Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner, London, United Kingdom where he is commemorated (1912)

The Guildhall is an imposing Victorian Gothic building designed (1861-4) by E. W. Godwin and extended on the west by Jeffery and Holding (1889-91). It succeeded the Old Town Hall which for 500 years stood on the corner of Abington Street and Wood Hill. The statues and mural panels illustrate almost every important personage, craft and event in Northampton's history, from Saxon time and the Danish invasion, to the more welcome arrival from Denmark of Princess Alexandra in 1863 to marry the heir to the British throne (later King Edward VII).

2 Saint Giles' Square, Northampton, United Kingdom where he was