The birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son, the as yet unnamed Prince of Cambridge, marks the first time four generations of ruling and future monarchs have lived since the reign of Queen Victoria. In the following photographs you see Queen Victoria, the Prince of Wales (future Edward VII), the Duke of York (future George V), and Prince Edward Albert of York (future Edward VIII, later Duke of Windsor) in 1896–the year of Edward VIII’s birth–and 1901.

Four Generations, 1896

Four Generations, 1901

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9 Comments on Four Generations of British Royalty

  1. adorientem
    July 22, 2013 at 4:33 PM (5 years ago)

    The first photograph is somewhat humorous given that Queen Victoria famously loathed babies. She thought they were repulsive and had as little contact as possible with her own children during their infancy.

  2. Tasha B. (heidenkind)
    July 22, 2013 at 4:57 PM (5 years ago)

    So we’re about to have another Edwardian Era, that’s what you’re saying? 😉 Except it will be the Charlesian Era, which isn’t as catchy.

    • Evangeline Holland
      July 22, 2013 at 8:45 PM (5 years ago)

      You never know…it’s said Charles doesn’t want to rule as “King Charles III”!

      • Belinda Kroll
        July 23, 2013 at 7:31 AM (5 years ago)

        If he doesn’t want to be Charles III, does that mean he doesn’t want to rule at all, or he wants to go by another name?

        • Josephine Mangani
          July 23, 2013 at 8:37 PM (5 years ago)

          How about King Charles Philip and leave out the III? I guess it is kind of silly to need to be numbered if you just happen to be named after an ancestor, especially if the ancestor was not your father.

          • Evangeline Holland
            July 24, 2013 at 4:04 PM (5 years ago)

            There’s a superstition about double-named royalty!

        • Evangeline Holland
          July 24, 2013 at 4:02 PM (5 years ago)

          Another name. George VII, I’ve read.