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King Edward VII

Person   Born 9/11/1841 Died 6/5/1910

Categories: Royalty, Seriously Famous

Reigned: 1901 - 1910. Born and died at Buckingham Palace.  Victoria's eldest son, born as Prince Albert and known as Bertie in the family, he took the name Edward when he became king, aged almost 60. Before that he had led what his mother considered a dissolute life, with Lillie Langtry and Jennie Churchill (Winston's mother) amongst his mistresses.  He openly enjoyed the role of King and relished the costumes and ceremonies. He was a fashion-setter, making tweeds, dinner-jackets, Norfolk jackets, trouser turn-ups and Homburg hats popular and introducing a short-lived mode for trousers creased at the side. The 30-course breakfasts (his nick-name was 'Tum Tum'), his wife, two mistresses and numerous other women probably contributed to his satisfaction.  It is claimed that he liked women's company but his attitude would be difficult to take nowadays.  Of his wife he said: "She is my brood mare; the others are my hacks."  Another nick-name was "Edward the Caresser".  His relationship with his mother cannot have been easy: he could never have matched up to his father in Victoria's eyes and, worse, she blamed him for her beloved husband's death, since Albert had been travelling to see Bertie and tell him off for his womanising, when he caught the cold which turned into the pneumonia which killed him.

His coronation was set for 26th June 1902, but, due to illness, it was postponed indefinitely and eventually took place on 9th August 1902. He underwent one of the early operations for appendicitis, then often a cause of death. Medical staff were on hand at the ceremony and the king was unable to carry out some of the traditional rituals. When he did eventually die his coffin was followed by his terrier, Caesar.

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46091

Edwards VI and VII

At the time gilded lettering incised into granite was a popular technique. We...

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45247

Edward VII

The sculptor's name is inscribed on the stone below the feet.

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45569

Edward VII statue - Waterloo Place

Unveiled by George V, his son.

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52185

King Edward VII Memorial

The main shaft is Portland stone and there is a useful granite seat around th...

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50218

1st Guards

Unusually the model for this statue is known: Webber.  Our thanks to his grea...

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45173

Duke of Albany

The part of the building fronting Queen Square was redeveloped and opened (al...

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49632

Duke of Wellington statue - SW1

Statue unveiled by the Prince of Wales. The figures of the soldiers were cast...

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