Edward VII in Cowes

King Edward VII is seen here seated in the rear of the boat being taken to his yacht. The event is Cowes Week, an annual gathering of society’s elite, on the Isle of Wight, for yachting competitions. British royalty was always in attendance and the Keiser (also descended from Queen Victoria) would often visit from Germany. There was no love lost between Edward VII and Kaiser Wilhelm II and they sparred verbally and with their yachts. On one occasion, when Edward’s yacht lost a race, he is reported to have punched the Kaiser in the mouth!

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