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Date of Birth 9 November 1841London, England, UK
Date of Death 6 May 1910London, England, UK  (heart attack)
Birth NamePrince Albert Edward Wettin of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
Nicknames Bertie
The Peacemaker
The Uncle of Europe
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Prince Albert Edward Wettin Saxe-Coburg-Gotha was born on November 9, 1841 to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Great Britain. He was the second child and first son which meant that he would become King after his mother died. As he grew up he was compared unfavorably to his father and then his very bright older sister, Vicky. His childhood was unsubstantial. He went to school and periodically went on vacation to Osborne House, or Balmoral. When he was about 20 years old he was sent to Scotland to undergo a sort of boot camp for the army. While he was there he had his first taste of sex when his friends put Nelly Clifton in his bed. He was very discreet about the affair but his father's friends found out about it and told him. Prince Albert, who was sick, made the journey to Oxford where Bertie, as he was called, was at University. Albert told his son that he should forget about it because the consequences for that type of lifestyle would be too great. Albert returned to London and shortly afterward died. Victoria blamed Bertie for the rest of her life. It was also around this time that Bertie got married. His choice of a wife was very important because she would someday be the Queen. He met Alexandra, a Danish Princess, on what was essentially a blind date. Queen Victoria knew that he would not accept anybody that the family would pick out for him so she had Alexandra meet him at a designated site in Germany. On March 10, 1863 they were married and eventually had six children together. Even though he was the Prince of Wales his mother did not involve him in matters of state. Because of this he had no demands on his time and did what he liked. What he liked was drinking, having sex, and having fun with his friends. During the almost 40 years between the time he married and the time he became King, Bertie allegedly fathered several children besides the ones with his wife. In January 1901 his mother died, making him King Edward VII. He only reigned for a short time before many years of drinking and overeating led him to die at the age of 68 in 1910.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: CR

Spouse (1)

Queen Alexandra (10 March 1863 - 6 May 1910) (his death) (6 children)

Trivia (15)

King of Great Britain (1901-1910).
Father, with Queen Alexandra, of King George V and Queen Maud of Norway.
He is the great-grandfather of Queen Elizabeth II.
One of his many mistresses was an American stage actress named Jennie Jerome, the mother of future British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
He spoke both French and German fluently.
Prior to her death, Queen Victoria had wanted him to use the name King Albert Edward I as his regnal name. Although he promised her that he would do so, he eventually chose to use the name Edward VII.
Believing that he was not capable of being King, his mother Queen Victoria did not allow him to sit in on meetings of state until he was 50 years of age.
A heavy smoker, King Edward VII had long suffered from bronchitis at the time of his death from a series of heart attacks aged 68.
He delayed his state visit to Russia in 1906 until 1908 due to concerns over what was happening under Tsar Nicholas II's rule.
His Coronation had originally been intended for 26 June 1902, but had to be delayed until 9 August when the King underwent life-saving surgery for appendicitis.
As King, Edward VII was enormously popular and proved to be far more successful in the role than anyone had predicted.
Had 6 children: Albert Victor Christian Edward (1864-1892), George Frederick Ernest Albert (1865-1936, George V), Louise Victoria Alexandra Dagmar (1867-1931), Victoria Alexandra Olga Mary (1868-1935), Dronning Maud, and Alexander John Charles Albert (1871-1871).
Went to Russia for an extended visit after the death of his brother in law Tsar Alexander III. He was one of the pallbearers and helped his nephew Nicholas who did not feel that he was ready to rule.
Was the uncle of both Tsar Nicholas II and his wife, Tsarina Alexandra. Alexandra was the daughter of his sister, Alice, and Nicholas was the son of his wife's sister.

Personal Quotes (2)

I don't mind praying to the eternal Father but I must be the only man in the country afflicted with an eternal mother. Referring to his mother Queen Victoria when he was Prince of Wales
My son will reign, but not my grandson.

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