While taking a short holiday at Biarritz in the early spring of 1910, the then 69-year-old King Edward VII of Great Britain had a sever bronchial attack.
While taking a short holiday at Biarritz in the early spring of 1910, the then 69-year-old King Edward VII of Great Britain had a sever bronchial attack. He died at 11.45 p.m. on the 6th May of heart failure. On May 20 the burial took place in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, after a funeral procession through London, the coffin being followed by the new king, George V, and by eight foreign sovereigns-the German Emperor, the kings of Greece; Spain; Portugal; Denmark; Norway; Belgium and Bulgaria-besides the archduke Frans Ferdinand of Austria (heir to the throne of Austria Hungary), the prince consort of Holland and many other royalties and special ambassadors.
Mourning was as sincere as it was universal; for not only England and the British Empire, but the world, had lost a king who had rendered and was rendering great service to his people, and whose personal charm was recognized by men and women of every class.
Two years after succeeding his mother, Queen Victoria, on January 22, 1901, - crowned August 9, 1902 - the jovial monarch rightfully earned the international title of "Edward the Peacemaker". His success as a promoter of international friendliness attracted universal attention, and treaties of arbitration were concluded by Great Britain with France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Portugal, in 1903 and 1904.
March 10, 1863, he married the princess Alexandra, daughter of Christian IX, king of Denmark, at Windsor. Just three years younger then her husband, her grace and beauty captivated the heart of the nation. She died at Sandringham, Norfolk, on Nov 20, 1925, aged 81. They had six children-two sons and four daughters. The second eldest son, King George V, was crowned June 22, 1911. Prince Albert Victor, the eldest son, died in 1892 aged 28.