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. - DbPedia

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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