This is somewhat ironic, as for most of his life the namesake of the era, King Edward VII, embodied exactly none of these virtues. Born Albert Edward, Prince of Wales – but known to his family as ‘Bertie’ – Edward was the eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Edward commissioned famous Paris cabinetmaker Louis Soubrier to create what he called a “Siege d’Amour”, or “Love Chair”. In 1901 Queen Victoria finally died, and after 60 years of waiting Edward was at last able to ascend to the throne. Bed sharing was done as a matter of necessity.