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The Reception of HRH The Prince of Wales as Past Grand Master, 1 December 1869

Photo credit: Museum of Freemasonry

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Albert Edward (1841–1910), Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, became a Freemason in Sweden in 1868. The following year he was received as a member of the United Grand Lodge of England, the governing body of Freemasonry in England and Wales, and given the honorary title of Past Grand Master. The painting depicts this event. At the centre of the painting is the Grand Master, Thomas (1795–1873), 2nd Earl of Zetland, and to his right is the Prince of Wales, who himself became Grand Master in 1874. Each of the figures in the painting represent people who attended the meeting.

Museum of Freemasonry





oil on canvas


H 101.5 x W 132 cm

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Acquisition method

placed in the care of the Collection by the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, 1980

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Inscription description

The Reception of H.R.H. The PRINCE OF WALES as P.G. Master. 1 Dec 1869. Presented by the Family of the late V.W.Bro. S. Rosenthal. P.G.M.C. & c.'


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