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Albert Edward, or Edward VII, was born on November 9, 1841, and he died on May 6, 1910. He was the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and he was also the Emperor of India. His reign started on January 22, 1901, and ended with his death in 1910.
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Key Facts & Information
- Edward VII was born at Buckingham Palace, London, on November 9, 1841.
- Edward VII was the eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
- Since he was a royal child, he was related to royalty throughout Europe.
- As the eldest son, Edward VII was automatically the heir apparent or the person in the first line of succession.
- He held the title of the Prince of Wales.
- He was automatically the Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay, being the eldest son of the British sovereign.
- Edward also held the titles of Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Duke of Saxony.
- On December 8, 1841, he became the Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester. Furthermore, he became the Earl of Dublin on September 10, 1849; the Knight of Garter on November 9, 1858; and the Knight of Thistle on May 24, 1867.
- During Queen Victoria’s reign, Edward was politically powerless.
- Nevertheless, he became the symbol or personification of the fashionable, leisurely elite.
- On January 25, 1842, Edward was christened as Albert Edward at St. George Chapel, Windsor Castle.
- His name, Albert, was derived from his father.
- The name Edward, was given in honor of the Queen’s father, his maternal grandfather, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn.
- Throughout his life, the royal family called him Bertie.
- Edward travelled throughout Britain to perform ceremonial duties. He also visited abroad and represented Britain.
- He renounced his succession rights to the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in favor of Prince Alfred, his younger brother, in 1863.
- Edward received an education that would prepare him to be a constitutional monarch, given that he was the heir apparent of the British Sovereign.
- An educational program was devised by Prince Albert and supervised by several tutors.
- However, Edward did not excel in his studies, unlike Victoria, his elder sister.
- Nevertheless, Edward’s charm, though not found in his academic diligence, was found in his charisma, sociability, and tact.
- Robert Bruce, a personal governor, replaced Edward’s tutor after Edward completed his secondary-level studies.
- Edward took an educational trip to Rome in the first few months of 1859.
- In the summer of 1859, Edward studied at the University of Edinburgh.
- He then matriculated as an undergraduate at Christ Church, Oxford, in October 1859.
- During this time, Edward was released from the academic agendas imposed by his parents.
- He enjoyed studying freely and performed well on exams. Edward transferred to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1861.
- It was in this college that he was tutored in history by Regius Professor of Modern History, Charles Kingsley.
- It was because of Kingsley’s teaching efforts that the academic excellence of Edward was brought forth.
- Edward toured North America in 1860 as the Prince of Wales.
- The tour boosted his self-esteem and resulted in diplomatic benefits for Great Britain.
- Edward wanted to pursue a military career but was not supported by his parents.
- In 1861, Edward was sent to Germany to meet with Princess Alexandra of Denmark.
- His parents decided that they should marry.
- Their meeting at Speyer on September 24th went well for both sides, and the marriage plans advanced. However, Edward was sort of a playboy.
- He attended maneuvers in Ireland to get army experience, and during his stay, he spent three nights with Nellie Clifden, an actress who was hidden in the camp by fellow officers.
- Albert, who was ill, reprimanded him. Albert died in December 1861.
- Edward and Alexandra married on March 10, 1863.
- On January 22, 1901, Queen Victoria died. Edward became King of the United Kingdom, Emperor of India, and King of British Dominions.
- Edward chose to reign under the name of Edward VII, as Albert Edward would undervalue the name of Albert, his father.
- Edward was crowned on August 9, 1902, at the Westminster Abbey.
- Edward VII was noted to have played a role in the modernization of the British Home Fleet.
- He had the reputation of being a peacemaker for fostering good relations between Britain and other European countries.
- The period in which Edward VII ruled was called the Edwardian era.
- King Edward VII’s death was caused by diseases due to his habitual smoking.
- He died on May 6, 1910. His final words were, “Yes, I have heard of it. I am very glad.” That was his reply when he was told that his horse had won at Kempton Park.
Edward VII Worksheets
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- Edward VII Facts
- About Albert Edward
- Edward VII’s Family
- Reign Timeline
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- Quotes from the King
- Different Edwards
- Caricature Analysis
- Uncle of Europe
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