He goes down in the British History as a peacemaker and is believed to have played a vital role in the re-organisation of the British Army and modernization of the British Home Fleet. This unexpected transformation of the British forces, it is said, developed their over confidence and German paranoia, leading to the World War I I4 years after his death. Before becoming the ruler in 1901, in 1875, he toured British India - Indian subcontinent as the Prince of Wales. It was a long tour roughly eight months and he toured other countries as well. He strongly believed that native Indians should be treated well without any racial superiority on the part of British officers. He never visited India again. His son George V ascended the throne upon King Edward's death in 1910. His reign was a period of peace and considered as the golden age for the upper classes of Europe and America. Edward VII was one of the first rulers to have socialized with the masses, as he believed in seeing and being seen by the people. After hi father's demise Edward married Alexandra of Denmark at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, on 10 March 1863. He was 21; she was 18. He died on the 6th of May 1910 and his funeral took place on 29th May. King Edward was buried at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
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Certain linguistic chauvinistic group wanted the statue of Edward VII removed in the 1960s, However, well-known historians, and heritage lovers of Bangalore City were in rage over the removal of such heritage statues that were part of history and raised their opposition. Way past members of the Cubbon Park Walkers’ Association garlanded the statue of Mark Cubbon in open defiance of these demands to desecrate history. Cubbon's contribution to Bangalore during the colonial period was vast.