Looking At Edinburgh

9 November 2008

Edward VII in Victoria Park

Filed under: art, history, photos — Tags: , , — EdinburghEye @ 8:00 am

a statue of Ed ard VII in Victoria Park

Albert Edward Wettin, eldest son of Alexandrina Victoria Guelph and Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel Wettin, nicknamed Bertie, crowned Edward VII, was born on 9th November 1841, inherited 22nd January 1901, crowned 9th August 1902, and died on 6th May 1910. His mother didn’t allow him any active role in the monarchy till 1898, three years before she died. His mother’s first act of defiance against her mother, when Victoria became Queen at 18, was to move into her own room: it wasn’t exactly the first act of defiance, but Bertie decided to be crowned King Edward, the first one in England for 349 years, instead of Albert Edward, as his mother had planned – and the first since the union of crowns in 1603 to introduce the problem of how to number monarchs. Edward was properly Edward I of Scotland… which may explain why the statue erected to him in Victoria Park keeps being vandalised.

King Edward and Queen Alexandra made their Royal Visit to Edinburgh in 1903.

This photo is available on Redbubble: Edward VII.

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