Invitations to the Royal Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, 26 June 1902

Scope and Content

The collection is composed of:

  • 1 x copy of the order of procession in Westminster Abbey;
  • 2 x invitations to the Royal Coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey sent to Ian Malcolm and Mrs. Maclolm by the ofiices of Norfolk, the Earl Marshal.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Coronation of the British monarch King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra took place in Westminster Abbey (the Abbey Church of St. Peter), London, on Thursday 26 June 1902. He was the first British monarch of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Edward's mother Queen Victoria had died eighteen months earlier at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, on 22 January 1901. Edward, or Albert Edward, or Bertie, was born at Buckingham Palace, London, on 9 November 1841. His wife, Queen Alexandra was a Princess of Denmark, elder daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark. They were married at St. George's Chapel, Windsor on 10 March 1863.

Before the death of his mother and his own accession to the throne, Edward held the title of Prince of Wales. No-one since Edward has been heir apparent to the throne for a longer period. During his reign, now called the Edwardian period, the office of the Prime Minister saw its first official recognition. Edward VII was the first British monarch to visit Russia. This happened in 1908. He had also assisted in modernising the British Home Fleet. His interest in seafaring and the Navy earned him the name of 'Sailor King'.

Edward VII reigned from 22 January 1901 until his death on 6 May 1910.

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Acquisition Information

Found within another related item, now at SD 4947. Accession no. E2006.37, dated October 2006.


The bibliographical/administrative history was compiled using several online encyclopaedias.

Other Finding Aids

None prepared for this collection.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections.

Related Material

The items were orignally located inside a copy of The form and order of the service that is to be performed and of the ceremonies that are to be observed in the coronation of their Majesties King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in the Abbey church of St. Peter, Westminster, on Thursday, the 26th day of June, 1902, with the music to be sung edited by Sir Frederick Bridge'.. This had been allocated shelfmark SD 4947 within the Special Collections of Edinburgh University Library.

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