Goodbye Victorians Hello Edwardians

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Trawling through the years there’s always a lot of talk of the ending of one era and the beginning of another. Much of it is the sort of bluster engaged in to promote an area of study. In 1901 with the start of the 20th century, the death of Victoria (and later McKinley) and the ascension of Edward VII (and later Theodore Roosevelt) the drawing of a line does become much easier.

Queen Victoria died 22 days into the 20th Century at the age of 81, with Edward VII, and her eldest grandson, Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany, at her side. Her funeral was one of the largest ever gatherings of European royalty, and one of the first public events to have extensive film recording surviving.

This interview with Victoria’s granddaughter Princess Alice includes her talking about the funeral from four minutes in.

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