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The Nine Sovereigns at Windsor for the funeral of King Edward VII

This is a famous photogrpah of the 9 European sovereigns who came to pay their respects at the funeral of Edward VII. The photograph is dated May 1910 — just over four years before the outbreak of World War I which led to the ending of several European monarchies. It is a reminder of the enormous power and influence then still exercised by European royalty.

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The Nine Sovereigns at Windsor for the funeral of King Edward VII.

Standing, from left to right: King Haakon VII of Norway, Tsar Ferdinand of Bulgaria, King Manuel II of Portugal, Kaiser Wilhelm II of the German Empire, King George I of Greece and King Albert I of Belgium.

Seated, from left to right: King Alfonso XIII of Spain, King-Emperor George V of the United Kingdom and King Frederick VIII of Denmark.

There was then a high degree of relatedness between the various royal families. Apart from George V, Edward’s son and the new British monarch, the Greek and Danish kings has been Edward’s brothers-in-law, the Norwegian king his son-in-law, the Spanish king his nephew-in-law, the Portuguese, Belgian and Bulgarian kings his  second cousins, and the German Kaiser his nephew.

NB. The photograph is in the public domain.

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