King Edward VII (1841-1910). He was the oldest child and heir of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Here he's seen as Albert Edward (Bertie), Prince of Wales. The era during his short reign (1901-1910) is known as the "Edwardian Era."
Taken: 1909 Discovered: 2009 This could be the only color photograph of King Edward VII. It shows the King in Highland costume enjoying the autumn grouse season in Scotland. The picture is an early color photography process called autochrome, patented in France in 1903. It remained the principal color photo process until the advent of color film during the mid 1930s. The photo was taken by banker Lionel de Rothschild in 1909. The autochromes were forgotten in a cupboard in Exbury House.
The Edwardian era or Edwardian period in the United Kingdom is the period covering the reign of King Edward VII, 1901 to 1910. The death of Queen Victoria in January 1901 and the succession of her son Edward marked the end of the Victorian era. While Victoria had shunned society, Edward was the leader of a fashionable elite that set a style influenced by the art and fashions of Continental Europe—perhaps because of the King's fondness for travel.