On this day: the Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra

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The Procession in State through London’s streets.

The coronation of Britain’s King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra took place on the 9th of August, 1902, more than a year and a half after the death of Queen Victoria, Edward’s mother and predecessor.

The coronation, initially set for the 26th of June, was postponed because of the King’s ill health. This caused significant problems for many people. Numerous functions had been planned for the day, and foreign dignitaries were in London to celebrate. Additionally, rooms on the parade route across London had been rented for high prices, which resulted in landmark court cases when the customers missed out.

From his sickbed Edward insisted that the “Coronation Dinner for the Poor of London” go ahead as planned, and 500 000 meals were served.

The Procession in State – pictured above on revised August date – was supposed to include military units from a number of European countries, but they all had to return home before the coronation finally took place.

A second procession following the one on the day of the coronation was also postponed until the end of October, again because the King was in poor health.

Edward, overweight and a heavy smoker, died less than eight years after his coronation.

Alexandra lived another fifteen and a half years after her husband’s death.

 

 

On this day: A King’s Coronation

City_of_London_(14929011094)Sir Marcus Samuel, Lord Mayor of London makes his way to Westminster Abbey from Guildhall for the Coronation of Edward VII on Saturday 9th August 1902.

The Coronation of Edward VII took place in London on Saturday the 9th of August, 1902, more than a year and a half after the death of the King’s mother and predecessor, Queen Victoria. The event had been postponed due to the King’s ill health.

In this photograph Sir Marcus Samuel, Lord Mayor of London, travels to Westminster Abbey from Guildhall for the event.

He travels in the Lord Mayor’s State Coach, which was built in Holborn in 1757.

The new King reigned until his death in May, 1910.

On this day: a future Queen arrives in Britain

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Princess Alexandra of Denmark, the future Queen of the United Kingdom, is depicted in this painting by Henry Nelson O’Neil arriving in England on the 7th of March, 1863.

Alexandra travelled to Gravesend in Kent, England by royal yacht to marry Prince Albert Edward, the future King Edward VII.

The royal couple married three days later, on the 10th.

On this day: the opening of the Royal Albert Hall

RAH_Grand_Opening_by_Queen_Victoria_29_March_1871_The_GraphicThe grand opening of the Royal Albert Hall in London by Queen Victoria on 29 March 1871 as illustrated in The Graphic, an illustrated newspaper of the time.

The Graphic illustrates the opening performance.

The Royal Albert Hall in London, named in honour of Queen Victoria’s late husband, was opened on the 29th of March, 1871.

Prince Edward, the future king, gave the speech, as Victoria was said to be too overcome to talk.

A concert followed the opening speech.

On this day: 1901

On the 22nd of January, 1901, Queen Victoria died and was succeeded by her eldest son, Edward VII, thus ending the Victorian era and beginning the much shorter but still significant Edwardian era.

Victoria in 1897, in a portrait marking her Diamond Jubilee.

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Edward on his wedding day in 1863.

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And Edward’s coronation portrait, 1902.

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