King Edward VII

Portrait of King Edward VII

Born: 1841
Died: 1910
Reigned: 1901–10

  • Eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
  • In 1863 married Princess Alexandra of Denmark; their second son succeeded as King George V after the death of the eldest son, the Duke of Clarence, in 1892
  • As Prince of Wales lived chiefly at Marlborough House, London and at Sandringham House, Norfolk (purchased in 1862 and soon rebuilt)
  • Visited North America in 1860
  • Presented with quantities of jewelled arms and armour on his visit to India (on behalf of Queen Victoria) in 1875–6
  • Commissioned Alfred Gilbert to create the Art Nouveau tomb at Windsor for the Duke of Clarence
  • On his accession in 1901, was the first member of the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha dynasty
  • Founded the Order of Merit in 1902
  • After his accession, initiated a major refurbishment and redecoration project at Buckingham Palace
  • Gave Osborne House and its estate to the nation in 1902
  • Commissioned many items from Fabergé as gifts for Queen Alexandra, including models of animals at Sandringham

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