LOTUS-EATERS

"The King's own. Never see him dressed up as a fireman or a bobby. A mason, yes." (U5.74)

This CDV shows Edward VII (then Prince of Wales) as a mason. Edward was installed as Grand Master in 1874. He regularly appeared thus in public, laying the foundation stones of public buildings, bridges, dockyards, and churches with Masonic ceremony, giving great impetus and publicity to the fraternity.