King Edward VII statue
Public Art: King Edward VII statue
Sculptor: © Alfred Drury (1856-1944)
Description: A bronze statue of King Edward VII in
his royal robes holding a sceptre and orb in either hand. The sceptre seems to be missing the cross (or
Date Unveiled: The statue of King George VII was
unveiled in 1912.
Location : Park Street, Royal Park, Launceston,
Britt Omn. Rex, Et. Imp.
Erected by residents of Northern Tasmania
This stone was laid by
Lieut General Sir R.S. Baden Powell. K.C.B.
8th June 1912
Trivia about King Edward VII
Baden Powell laid the foundation stone for the King Edward VII statue during his 1912
Scouting World Tour.
So Who Was King Edward VII? :
King Edward VII was a popular British monarch and was often referred to as the
"peacemaker". He was born on 9th November 1841. Being the first born of Queen Victoria he was destined to
succeeded her when she died. She must have been a healthy monach because Edward had to wait until he was almost 60
before he came to the throne (he still holds the record for being the longest heir apparent, but Charles is coming
a close second!). Queen Victoria died in 1901, but due to sickness (appendicitis) and the ending of the Boar War it
meant that the King's coronation was delayed until 1902.
Queen Victoria and Edward had a very much love/hate relationship thanks in part
to his first sexual encounter which led to the death of her beloved husband, Albert. When 19 year old Edward
(then Prince of Wales) spent 10 weeks at Curraugh Camp in Ireland it wasn't long before his fellow cadets realized
he hadn't much experience with women. So the lads organized the actress, Nellie Clifton, to bed the future king.
Well, all hell broke loose when word got back to his parents. Prince Albert was so furious he traveled to Cambridge
to lecture his son about his irresponsibilities.Unfortunately, Prince Albert chose to have his father/son chat
whilst taking a long walk in the rain. Albert died a few weeks later having contracted typhoid fever. The
Queen would never forgive her son and wrote to her eldest daughter "I never can, or shall, look at him without a
During his reign King Edward was a popular soul, despite his indescretions with
numerous women. Unfortunately his reign was short lived, dying on May the 9th, 1910 surrounded by his family and
the Archbishop of Canterbury. His death was a result of a bad dose of Bronchitis and heart failure. King Edward VII
left behind his wife Alexandra and six children. The Edwardian Period was named after him.
Interesting Facts: The King
Edward Memorial Executive Committee were adamant that the sculptor appointed to create the statue had the
appropriate criteria - 'It being desirable the Sculptor should be a man of British race as well as of
high qualifications, it is felt necessary to go to London - the centre of Empire Art.' A tad melodramatic but
nether the less they appointed Thomas Brock in 1915, who was also responsible for the Queen Victoria Memorial
outside Buckingham Palace.
The completion of the statue was delayed due to World War I, but was eventually
delivered in 1921.
The Edwardian period was named in honour of this king.
King Edward VII's nickname was "Tum Tum" because he was rather portly
Controversy Alert :
One of the king's last mistress's was believed to have been socialite Alice Keppel, none other
than Camilla Parker Bowles' great grandmother (apples don't fall far...). Rumour has it Camilla's grandmother,
Sonia Keppel, was the illegitimate daughter of Edward. That will give you something to think about next time you
see the Edward VII statue.