Find out more about Victoria and Albert's eldest son and future king, Albert Edward
Name: Albert Edward. More famously known as Edward VII
Parents: Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
First introduced: Season two, episode four.
Born: 9 November 1841
Died: 6 May 1910
Married: Alexandra of Denmark
Titles: Heir Apparent, Prince of Wales, King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, Emperor of India, Bertie.
Children: 5 daughters, 4 sons.
Albert Edward 'Bertie' was born November 9 1941, nearly a year following the birth of Victoria, Princess Royal.
Prior to Prince Charles, Albert was the longest serving heir apparent at a grand total of 59 years.
He was charismatic and well-educated, but earned himself a reputation as the playboy prince, much to his parents disdain.
In fact, whilst he was engaged to his future wife, Alexandra of Denmark, he had an affair with actress Nellie Clifden.
The affair caught the eye of his ill father, who travelled just two weeks before his death to scold him. Queen Victoria blamed her husband's death on Bertie, a grudge that saw them maintain a tense relationship for the rest of their lives.
Albert and Alexandra married at Windsor Castle on March 10 1863.
They had 3 daughters and 3 sons:
- Prince Albert Victor (Was engaged to Mary of Teck, but died before they could marry)
- George V (Married Mary of Teck, following his brother's death)
- Louise, Princess Royal
- Princess Victoria
- Maud, Queen of Norway
- Prince Alexander John (Died the day after he was born)
Albert's playboy ways did not ease up following his marriage. He is reported to have had several mistresses throughout his marriage and frequented brothels.
Despite this, Albert was held in high regard for treating people with respect, regardless of their background and proved to be extraordinarily popular.
When Albert succeeded his mother on the throne, he took the name of Edward VII. He refused to take his father's name as to not diminish the status of his father's name.
During the Edwardian era (1901 - 1910) Britain built strong relationships with the rest of Europe.
He was a man of self-indulgence and this caught up with him in 1910. He suffered poor lung health, having habitually smoked large amounts of cigarettes and cigars daily.
He died following a string of heart attacks on May 6 1910.
He has posthumously been described as a kind and able leader, who was too human in his ways.