Windsor100: Monarch Profile – George VI

  July 16, 2017 at 3:00 am by

Our third Windsor Monarchs profile looks at King George VI, Britain’s wartime King and the father of the current British monarch.

Monarch: George VI of the United Kingdom
Full Name: Albert Frederick Arthur George
Reign: December 11, 1936 – February 6, 1952
May 12, 1937
Date and Place of Birth: 
December 14, 1895 – York Cottage, Norfolk
Date and Place of Death: 
February 6, 1952 – Sandringham House, Norfolk
George V of the United Kingdom and Mary of Teck
Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon

Five Facts about His Majesty
– Born on the anniversary of his great-grandfather’s death, he was named Albert in his honour (and as a way to ‘lessen the blow’ on the bereaved Queen Victoria)
– He was the first reigning British monarch to visit the United States
– He was trained in the Royal Navy, and during World War One saw action in the Battle of Jutland aboard HMS Collingwood
– He proposed to his future wife, Elizabeth, three times before she accepted his marriage proposal
– His actions during World War Two immensely improved his and the monarchy’s popularity, which had been driven down by the 1936 abdication of his brother Edward VIII

“’It is not the walls that make the city, but the people who live within them. The walls of London may be battered, but the spirit of the Londoner stands resolute and undismayed.”

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