Nine Kings in One Room

Nine sovereigns of Europe meet at the funeral of Edward VII
Nine sovereigns of Europe meet at the funeral of Edward VII

Historical Context

Standing, from left to right: King Haakon VII of Norway, Tsar Ferdinand of the Bulgarians, King Manuel II of Portugal and the Algarves, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and King of Prussia, King George I of the Hellenes and King Albert I of the Belgians. Seated, from left to right: King Alfonso XIII of Spain, King George V of the United Kingdom and King Frederick VIII of Denmark.

Edward VII died on 6 May 1910 after a short reign of nine years. His funeral was notable for the enormous assemblage of foreign royalty. In a mere four years, the picture would be antiquated for another reason: it would be the last great gathering of royals before the outbreak of World War I, where many of the nations represented would be at war with each other.

Photo Info


Photographer: W. & D. Downey
Date taken: May 20, 1910
Location taken: Windsor, England

Source: Wikimedia Commons

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