The Heir Apparent Edward VII The Playboy Prince Book Review Jane Ridley

A very conscientious and well-written book that vindicates King Edward VII. Albert Edward or Bertie was the first born son and second child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. In appearance, he greatly resembled Queen Victoria rather than Prince Albert. He was known as the Uncle of Europe since the majority of the European Monarchy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were related to him by birth and marriage. 

Who knew that he played an important role during his reign and it wasn't all about fun and parties. He was a Master of Diplomacy and brought the monarchy closer to the people (not including the numerous scrapes and scandals that he had). He was the Uncle who was able to significantly control his proud and ambitious nephew, Kaiser Wilhelm II. He was able to influence his government that in some ways he was the reason why Great Britain' Army and Naval forces were modernized and ready for war when World War I broke in 1914. 

His reign which is the Edwardian Period which also extended until his son's reign, George V, can be considered the Golden Age of Monarchy in terms of fashion, class, political events and wealth. It might have been a short reign lasting only from 1901-1910 but it impacted the way the British saw and feel about the monarchy. He was much admired by his grandson, Edward VIII (Duke of Windsor), that he very much followed in his footsteps with the partying, women, scandals and decadent lifestyle. But the difference was that Edward VII very much wanted to be king.

It was very challenging to have an overbearing and jealous mother like Queen Victoria! She wanted him to be a mirror image of his father in aspects of intelligence, morals and being but unfortunately, Edward was very much the opposite of Prince Albert. It would have been a very different monarchy indeed if Prince Albert lived. For monarchists, this is a definitely good read. I highly recommend this book for those who want to learn more about the Saxe-Coburg reign or Edwardian Period.