It was taken in London in May 1910 as the crowned heads of gathered for the funeral of King Edward VII and of the nine monarchs, four would be deposed, one assassinated and two would be at each other’s throats.
Below is a larger version and standing left to right are: King Haakon VII of Norway, King Ferdinand of Bulgaria, King Manuel of Portugal, Kaiser Wilhelm II of the German Empire, King George I of The Hellenes and King Albert I of the Belgians (Belgium).
Seated are: King Alfonso XIII of Spain, King George V of the Great Britain and King Frederick VIII of Denmark.
King Frederik VIII of Denmark was the father of King Haakon VII of Norway; while Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany was first cousin of both George V and his sister who was married to King Haakon VII of Norway. The mother of King George V was Alexandra of Denmark, sister to King Frederik VIII of Denmark, making Frederik King George’s uncle.
King George was grandson of Queen Victoria and first cousin of both Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and their martial regalia demonstrates that the war that was to follow a few years later was as much about royal ego as it was geopolitics.
King Haakon VII of Norway died of natural causes in 1957; King Ferdinand of Bulgaria abdicated in 1918 and died in 1948; King Manuel of Portugal was deposed in 1910 and died in 1932; Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated and was exiled in 1918; King George I of The Hellenes was assassinated in 1913; King Albert I died in a climbing accident in 1934.
King Alfonso XIII of Spain was forced to flee the country in 1923 and died in 1941, while King Frederick VIII of Denmark died of natural causes in 1912.