At the funeral of queen victoria in 1901 her eldest son, now King Edward VII, saluted the crowd from a splendid black horse. This is what he had been waiting for all his life, but what his mother had dreaded. Edward had been a king-in-waiting for almost 60 years denied a real job he sought rewards elsewhere. Once king he turned himself into a figure head surrounded by pomp and circumstance. But the prince who scandalized victorian society and became a king who indulged his passion for royal pageantry turned out to be a role model for modern monarchs. A family portrait, painted when he was 5, hints at what would become the central conflict of Edwards life his relationship with his parents. Edward carried an extraordinary burden to be like his father.