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EDWARD VII: PRINCE OF PLEASURE BBC Two Wales, Tuesday, 9pm.

Edward VII died 100 years ago, having ruled the United Kingdom for nine years from 1901 until his death in 1910, but his reign still has a great influence on life in the country today.

Edward was the first British monarch of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, which was renamed as the House of Windsor by his son, George V. The Edwardian era, which was named for him, heralded the start of a new century and ushered in new advancements in science and technology, as well as society. Under his reign, Britain maintained good relations with much of the rest of Europe, earning him the title Peacemaker.

Though his relationship with his nephew, Wilhelm II of Germany, was poor, Edward was said to have foreseen the conflict of World War I, which broke out four years after his death. The monarch is also considered to have been something of an enigma.

As well as being thought of as an astute political operator, some described him as a sex addict, dyslexic dunce and boorish philistine. This documentary reveals how his legacy still has relevance today.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 20, 2010
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