George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George), 1895–1952, king of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1936–52), second son of George V; successor of his elder brother, Edward VIII. He attended the royal naval colleges at Osborne and Dartmouth and served in World War I. Later he served in the Royal Air Force. He studied at Cambridge for a time after the war, was created duke of York in 1920, and married (1923) Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. They had two daughters: Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and Princess Margaret.
When Edward VIII abdicated on Dec. 11, 1936, George became king. He and his consort were crowned on May 12, 1937. They made a state visit to France in July, 1938, and an unprecedented royal voyage to Canada and the United States in 1939. During World War II the king worked to keep up British morale by visiting bombed areas, inspecting war plants, and touring theaters of war action.
In 1947 the royal family made a state visit and tour of South Africa. A tour of Australia and New Zealand, scheduled for 1949, was postponed indefinitely because of the king's illness at the end of 1948. Like his father, George was held in deep affection by his people. He was succeeded by Elizabeth II.
I was wondering if anyone could tell me who all was sitting in the Royal Box at King George VI's Coronation.
I have a picture showing the principle members of the Royal Family, including (I think, standing on the right of the Duchess of Kent) The Earl and Countess of Athlone. Clearly visible are The Duchess of Kent, The Duchess of Gloucester, Queen Maud, Queen Mary, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, and The Princess Royal.
There looks to be many members of the extended Royal Family and/or visiting Royals behind them.
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Folks, heres an interesting hunt for you... I've never saw a picture of George VI wearing the Imperial State Crown while opening Parliament. All Ive saw him in is his navy uniform, due to WWII, I assume. Does anyone have any photographic evidence of George VI opening Parliament wearing a crown---I'm not looking for Coronation photos or portraits, State Opening only. please...
This dear members is part of my ongoing frustrations. I need to console myself with dangerous amounts of chocolate when reading such things as mentioned above. I would love to see a video of the Queen opening the Parliment. I think it would be wonderful and also something of a puncturing of the bubble so to speak to actually hear and see all these royals in action. Wearing the Imperial State Crown and all the rest of it. I think this business of modesty and hiding things away is nothing more than a spineless pandering to all those blasted republicans. I want jewels and pomp and all the rest of it. It would be the strongest of possible statements for these people to start falunting themselves for what they really are. All these scuzzy vulgar politicans are so depressing. We need a major pick me up, ie QEII in full regalia, please, informing the Lords etc what madness and mayhem Her government is going to inflict on the long suffering British people and the world. Done with all those gorgeous jewels and whatnot soften the blow.
As for George VI, a thoroughly decent man, he is but one in a long line of the British royal family done in by smoking. terrible.
Not only did King George VI die prematurely from a heavy smoking habit but his father King George V and grandfather King Edward VII did also. It is a shame to see that Princes William and Harry have taken up the habit though perhaps they have quit it now?
I came across an interesting article in the Daily Mail, about George VI's enduring fascination with an actress, Evelyn Laye, which might have threatened the royal marriage. The article draws some comparisons between this royal love triangle and that of Charles, Camilla and Diana.
It would seem to me that the differences might be that George VI was a less aggressive lover than his grandson; Queen Elizabeth was a more self-assured woman than Diana; and that Evelyn knew her place and stayed in it. Also, Evelyn didn't seem to float in the same social circles so the Queen wasn't confronted with her on a regular basis. And perhaps George VI was unprepared to traumatize Britain so soon after the Wallis/abdication debacle.
The article is quite long. Here are some quotes...
George VI's infatuation with the beautiful Boo - an aspect of his life that has escaped every biographer and royal historian to date - was to endure until the day he died. In the words of the Dowager Lady Hardinge of Penshurst, widow of his Principal Private Secretary and an intimate and lifelong friend of the Queen Mother, the King was 'rather more than a little in love with Evelyn Laye'. The same opinion was confided to me by the Queen Mother's late Private Secretary, Sir Martin Gilliat, who knew Laye socially. 'Of course, HM (the Queen Mother) has always been aware of the King's intense admiration for Boo,' he told me. 'She found it rather touching, and trusted absolutely in Boo's discretion.'
Lady Hardinge, one of the Queen Mother's closest friends, said that Elizabeth had 'an amused acceptance' of her husband's worship of Laye. 'Whenever Boo walked onto a stage, Queen Elizabeth would tease him by saying: "Bertie, here comes your girlfriend!" ' Laye, she swiftly saw, was impeccably discreet and posed no threat to her or to the monarchy, just as Edward VIII's married mistresses, Freda Dudley Ward and Thelma Viscountess Furness, to whom she was unfailingly friendly, posed no threat. However, Wallis Simpson was another matter entirely.
Although divorce was taboo in 1930s royal circles, the Yorks remained supportive of Evelyn Laye when her husband left her for a younger woman. Her admiration of his wife was unqualified. 'She made him into a great King in a way that no one else could have done. Hers was the strength and resolve that made it possible.' Laye was chosen to appear before the new King and Queen in the Royal Command Performance at the London Coliseum, in which, at the King's personal request, she sang some of his favourite songs.
Many wives might have resented the strange and intimate role played by Evelyn Laye in their husband's life. But the Queen Mother seems to have admired Laye almost as much as her husband had done. In 1990, the two women met at a society occasion and Laye, then a frail 90-year-old widow, sank into the deepest of curtseys. The Queen Mother raised her up and embraced her warmly.
In November 1994, feeling that the CBE awarded to Laye in 1973 was an inadequate recognition of her long and distinguished career, the Queen Mother wrote to the then Prime Minister, John Major, suggesting that Boo should be created a Dame of the British Empire. Asked later by her Page of the Backstairs why she had made that unexpected intervention, the Queen Mother smiled wistfully. 'It is something the King would have wished me to do' she said quietly.
I had a dream: Let's connect our thoughts together, than we have a mission, let's connect our feelings together, than we have a mood, let's connect our dreams together, than we have a vision and let's connect our mission, our mood and our vision together than we have a perfect life.