This 6th of May, it will be 100 years since our patron king and the great Edwardian era passed away.
His Imperial Majesty King Edward The Seventh in Coronation Robes
As Barbara Tuchman described in The Guns of August, the funeral of Edward VII marked "the greatest assemblage of royalty and rank ever gathered in one place and, of its kind, the last". The reign of "the Peacemaker" arguably represents the high water mark of civilisation, which came to a crashing and inglorious end all across Christian Europe soon after his death. Old Bertie famously had a girth the size of Humpty Dumpty; alas, all we king's men and all the king's horses haven't (yet) been able to put King Eddy back together again.