Reception of H.R.H. Prince Of Wales as Past Grand Master
Painted by artist and Freemason Bro. Sigismund Rosenthal
The oil painting below by artist and Freemason Bro. Sigismund Rosenthal depicts the reception, proclamation and welcoming of H.R.H. Prince Albert Edward, Prince of Wales as Past Grand Master Mason of United Grand Lodge of England on 1st December 1869, a year following his initiation into the Craft in Sweden.
H.R.H. Prince Albert Edward, Prince of Wales and later King Edward VII, eldest son of Queen Victoria and Great Grandfather of Queen Elizabeth II was made a Freemason in Sweden on 20th December 1868 whilst visiting King Charles XV of Sweden who was also the Grand Master of the Order of Swedish Freemasons.
Sweden operated a progressive system of 11 Degrees which the Prince of Wales received over a period of just two days - the first six degrees of the Swedish Rite on 20th December, the remaining four on the 21st December and then finally the highest degree of Knight Commander of the Red Cross, which was also classed as a civil honour, making him a Knight Commander of the Order of King Charles XIII of Sweden.
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