Information about King Edward VII of the United Kingdom

King Edward VII of the United Kingdom (9 November 1841 - 6 May 1910)

Edward VII (Albert Edward) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Emperor of India from 22 January 1901 until his death.

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.

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King Edward VII Flag of Australia Australia 22 January 1901 6 May 1910 4
King Edward VII Flag of Bahamas, British Crown Colony Bahamas, British Crown Colony 22 January 1901 6 May 1910
King Edward VII Flag of British Honduras British Honduras 22 January 1901 6 May 1910 9
King Edward VII Flag of British West Africa British West Africa 22 January 1901 6 May 1910 9
King Edward VII Flag of Canada Canada 22 January 1901 6 May 1910
King Edward VII Flag of Ceylon, British Ceylon, British 22 January 1901 6 May 1910
King Edward VII Flag of Cyprus, British Cyprus, British 22 January 1901 6 May 1910
King Edward VII Flag of Fiji Fiji 22 January 1901 6 May 1910
King Edward VII Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar 22 January 1901 6 May 1910
King Edward VII Flag of Hong Kong, British Hong Kong, British 22 January 1901 6 May 1910
Edward VII, Emperor of India Flag of India, Empire of (British Raj) India, Empire of (British Raj) 22 January 1901 6 May 1910
King Edward VII, Lord of Mann Flag of Isle of Man Isle of Man 22 January 1901 6 May 1910
King Edward VII Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 22 January 1901 6 May 1910
King Edward VII Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom 22 January 1901 6 May 1910 120
King Edward VII Flag of Newfoundland Newfoundland 26 September 1907 6 May 1910
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