This may be one of my favorite photographs of all time:
It pictures the nine European Kings gathered together for the funeral in 1910 of England’s King Edward VII.
What I love about it is the illusion of power and permanence it holds. All nine men were soon to shaken by the changes brought on by the upcoming war. All nine would fall from the height they stood on in this photo.
If you go to the link in Iconic Photos, you can get a who’s who of the Kings as well as what happened to them.
More on it here including some wonderful detail, such as the seating list for dinner. Of those gathered around the table, everyone was royalty save the heads of state of the USA and France.