King Edward VII

King Edward VII

Original Name Albert Edward Wettin
Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Death 6 May 1910 (aged 68)
Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Burial Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough, Berkshire, England
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Memorial ID 7465 · View Source
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British Monarch. He reigned as King of Great Britain, Ireland and Emperor of India from 1901 to 1910. The eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, he was born in London at Buckingham Palace in 1841. He was educated privately and at Edinburgh, Oxford and Cambridge, and married Princess Alexandra, daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark in 1863. Together they had six children. As Prince of Wales, Edward VII's behavior led him into several social scandals and even after the death of his father in 1861, he was consistently denied any share in government by his mother. After his marriage he continued to have affairs which were public knowledge; the actress Lily Langtry, Lady Brooke and Mrs. Keppel being amongst the best known of his mistresses. At the age of fifty-nine in 1901, by then a grandfather, he ascended the throne. Many shared Queen Victoria's reservations about her son, and it was soon apparent that he displayed skill in dealing with his ministers and with foreign rulers. He was particularly concerned with Britain's role in Europe and he helped to promote ententes with France and Russia and to defuse the rivalry with Germany. Edward VII was also a patron of the arts and sciences and helped found the Royal College of Music, and was one of England's leading sportsmen. Horses from his stables won the English Derby three times. His reign ended when he died suddenly of pneumonia just before midnight at Buckingham Palace on May 6, 1910. The sixty-eight year old monarch's sudden death threw his country into a state of shock. Attending his funeral where nine crowned heads of Europe, seven queens and a host of minor royalty and foreign ambassadors, representing more than seventy different countries.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for King Edward VII (9 Nov 1841–6 May 1910), Find a Grave Memorial no. 7465, citing St George's Chapel, Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough, Berkshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .