Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Kings of the world



Nine European Monarchs attended the funeral of Britain's Edward VII.

Photographed at Windsor Castle on May 20, 1910 were, standing, from left to right: King Haakon VII of Norway, King Ferdinand of Bulgaria, King Manuel II of Portugal, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, King George I of Greece, and King Albert I of Belgium.

Seated, from left to right: King Alfonso XIII of Spain, King George V of Britain, and King Frederick VIII of Denmark.

Absent: Czar Nicholas II of Russia.

In addition to these, 76 other members of various royal families were part of the funeral procession.

Just 4 years into the future, the guns of World War I would destroy their world.

The magnificent Prussian stallions that pulled the funeral hearse had been a gift from Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II to his uncle, Edward VII. The horses were destroyed at the outbreak of war in a wave of "Germanophobia.".

3 comments:

  1. Yes, and the same anti-German war sentiment caused the British royal family to change its Germanic family name from "Saxe-Cobourg-Gotha" to "Windsor."

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  2. Wonderful picture! I've never seen it before. Yes if only they knew what was coming. I suppose it was best that they didn't - but what a tragedy about the horses. Sometimes people are stupid beyond words.

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  3. What a great photo! You just never know what's in store in the future. The part of the horses really upset me. Poor things...

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