Albert Edward was born on the 9th November 1841 at Buckingham Palace to parents Queen Victoria and Albert of Saxe-Coburg Gotha.
As Prince of Wales, Edward was brought up under a very rigorous educational regime by his parents, who had unrealistic expectations of his abilities.
In 1863 he married Alexandra of Denmark and they had six children; George V, Princess Victoria, Prince Albert Victor, Prince Alexander John, Maud of Wales and Louise the Princess Royal.
Life for Alexandra meant tolerating his string of mistresses which included; Lily Langtree, Lady Churchill, Sarah Bernhardt and Alice Keppel.
During the reign of his mother; Queen Victoria, he undertook public duties on her behalf, but was excluded by his mother from acting as her deputy until 1898.
Queen Victoria died in 1901, and Edward aged 59 ascended to the post of King Edward VII of England, and was crowned on the 9th August 1902 at Westminster Abbey.
During his mother’s reign, he had become known as a playboy, much to his mother’s disgust. His interests lay in horse-racing, shooting, drinking and mistresses. When King his interests included Foreign affairs, military and naval matters.
Most of his brothers and sisters had married leading heads of European countries, thus he was related to most Continental Sovereigns, which gave him the name; “Uncle of Europe.”
Edward was fluent in French and German, and travelled abroad much, meeting heads of state, and assisting in foreign policy matters.
In 1904, he played a major role creating the triple “Entente Cordiale” between Britain, France and Russia. This agreement ended Anglo-French rivalry, and played a major role in the First World War.
In the years following the Boer War, Edward played an active role, pushing forward military and naval reforms, including the building of the Dreadnought battleships and the Army Medical Service.
During the latter part of his life, he was involved in politics, when the Conservative majority in the Lord’s threw out the Liberal budget of 1909.
On the 6th May 1910, King Edward VII suffered multiple strokes which took his life, and was buried in St.George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.