Albert Edward was born 9 November 1841. He was King Edward VII of the United Kingdom
and the British Dominions and Emperor of India from 22 January 1901 until his death in
1910. He was the eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
and 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 but travelled throughout Britain performing ceremonial public duties, and represented Britain on visits abroad. 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. 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. Edward died on 6 May 1910 at Buckingham Palace at the age of 68.