How did Edward VII, whose reign lasted for only nine years, become one of the most popular and well-known of British monarchs? This biography, combining informative text with illustrations, provides an answer. During his long years as the Prince of Wales, Edward perfected the art of royal public appearances. The birth of photography, almost simultaneous to his own, helped to disseminate his image and stamp it firmly on the public consciousness. Through the media of brush, pen and lens, the illustrations reveal the faces of Edward's contemporaries - writers, musicians, artists and his beautiful wife, Alexandra. The book presents Edward VII as one of the most human of kings.