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King Edward VII Biography Summary: King Edward VII (1841 - 1910) was famous for being the King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Emperor of India.

He was Queen Victoria's and Prince Albertís eldest son and as heir apparent he became the Prince of Wales and is still the hair apparent that has held that title for a long period.

He married Alexandra of Denmark and together they had five children. His relationship with other members of the Europeís ruling countries and would become known as the Peacemaker.

At the time of his demise the country was in a constitutional crisis that would be resolved in 1911 by Parliament restricting the powers of the House of Lords.

King Edward VII Fact Sheet: Who was King Edward VII? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of King Edward VII.

King Edward VII Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1840 - 1910 *** Full Name: Albert Edward *** Occupation: King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Emperor of India *** Date of Birth: King Edward VII was born on November 9th 1841 *** Place of Birth: King Edward VII was born in Buckingham Palace, London, England *** Family background: His father was Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and his mother was Queen Victoria of England *** Early life and childhood: He was christened in St Georgeís Chapel at Windsor Castle and would be known as Bertie. He grew up with an older sister Victoria, as well as seven younger siblings, Alice, Alfred, Helena, Louise, Arthur, Leopold and Beatrice who all survived childhood. He was the eldest of nine children all of whom married very well. He married Princess Alexandra of Denmark and they had seven children *** Education: King Edward VII received the very best education his parents could provide and in preparation for him to become a model constitutional monarch. He was very well educated, his father in particular, directed his studies. Although he was not an academic child, as he entered college at Oxford he began to enjoy and even excel at his studies. ***

King Edward VII Fact 1: King Edward VII was born on November 9th 1841 and during the 19th century period in history when great strides were made in the industrial revolution, the Victoria era was coming to a close and there were vast technological advances being made.

King Edward VII Fact 2: During 1860 he would become the first British heir apparent to tour North America.

King Edward VII Fact 3: He invested the Victoria Bridge in Montreal crossing the St Lawrence River and also laid the cornerstone of Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

King Edward VII Fact 4: He visited with President James Buchanan and stayed in the White House. He paid his respects at the George Washington tomb.

King Edward VII Fact 5: Among some of the people he met were Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

King Edward VII Fact 6: For the first time in decades prayers for the Royal family were heard in Trinity Church in New York.

King Edward VII Fact 7: Although he had wanted an active career in the military, Queen Victoria barred his wishes but he would be responsible for reorganizing the British army and modernizing the British home fleet.

King Edward VII Fact 8: His father Albert died in December of 1861, leaving his mother Victoria desolate as well as devastating the whole family.

King Edward VII Fact 9: Queen Victoria was known to have written to her daughter Victoria, that she blamed her son for her husbandís death. Having heard of Bertieís shocking behavior of spending inappropriate time with an actress, his father had immediately gone to see him to express his disappointment in his son and he had been unwell before the trip.

King Edward VII Fact 10: When Albert died, Victoria would never again look at her son in the same way.

King Edward VII Fact 11: Edward would become the monarch that made the Royal appearance what it is as we know it today, with his first public appearance at the opening of the Thames Embankment in 1871 and Tower Bridge in 1894.

King Edward VII Fact 12: It was in 1875 that he went on an eight month tour of India.

King Edward VII Fact 13: His mother, Queen Victoria died on January 22nd 1901 and he became King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, Emperor of Indian and King of the British Dominions. Albert Edward refused to be crowned with his birth name, as he did not wish to undervalue his much loved father and it was also what his mother had wished.

King Edward VII Fact 14: All be it, Edward VIís reign was relatively brief, it was nonetheless, at the turn of a new century, which saw significant changes in society, and technology, such as flight.

King Edward VII Fact 15: Like his mother, his era was named after him and he would be remembered for changes such as reforming the army medical services.

King Edward VII Fact 16: He became responsible for re-establishing the State Opening of Parliament, which his mother had relinquished.

King Edward VII Fact 17: With thanks to a few close and well advised friends, Edward was the first monarch to attain the throne with a fortune.

King Edward VII Fact 18: King Edward VII died on May 6th 1910. Having been a heavy smoker most of his life, he was a great suffer of bronchitis. Whilst on a trip to Biarritz in France, he collapsed. He returned to England on April 27th and the following week his wife Alexandra had also returned from a trip to Corfu when she had been visiting her brother. The following day, Edward suffered several heard attacks, but refused to take to his bed. At eleven thirty that night he became unconscious and was placed in his bed. Edward VII, King of England died a short while later. His body was laid to rest in St Georgeís Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Influence & Legacy: Holding the title of the Prince of Wales longer than any other heir apparent. Like his Mother, his era was named after him. He was a leader in fashion. He saw to the reforming of the Army Medical Services, reorganized the British Army and modernized the Army Medical Services. He was also very well known for his fashion sense.

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