The Info List - George V

George V
George V
(George Frederick Ernest Albert; 3 June 1865 – 20 January 1936) was King of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910 until his death in 1936. Born during the reign of his grandmother Queen Victoria, George was third in the line of succession behind his father, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, and his own elder brother, Prince Albert Victor. From 1877 to 1891, George served in the Royal Navy, until the unexpected death of his elder brother in early 1892 put him directly in line for the throne. On the death of his grandmother in 1901, George's father became King-Emperor
of the British Empire
British Empire
as Edward VII, and George was created Prince of Wales. He succeeded his father in 1910. He was the only Emperor of India
Emperor of India
to be present at his own Delhi
Durbar. George V's reign saw the rise of socialism, communism, fascism, Irish republicanism, and the Indian independence movement, all of which radically changed the political landscape. The Parliament Act 1911 established the supremacy of the elected British House of Commons
British House of Commons
over the unelected House of Lords. As a result of the First World War (1914–1918), the empires of his first cousins Tsar Nicholas II
Tsar Nicholas II
of Russia and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany
Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany
fell, while the British Empire expanded to its greatest effective extent. In 1917, George became the first monarch of the House of Windsor, which he renamed from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha as a result of anti-German public sentiment. In 1924 he appointed the first Labour ministry and in 1931 the Statute of Westminster recognised the dominions of the Empire as separate, independent states within the Commonwealth of Nations. He had smoking-related health problems throughout much of his later reign and at his death was succeeded by his eldest son, Edward VIII.


1 Early life and education 2 Marriage 3 Duke of York 4 Prince of Wales 5 King and Emperor

5.1 National politics 5.2 First World War 5.3 Reign after the Great War 5.4 Declining health and death

6 Legacy 7 Titles, styles, honours and arms

7.1 Titles and styles 7.2 British honours

7.2.1 Military appointments

7.3 Foreign honours

7.3.1 Honorary foreign military appointments

7.4 Honorary degrees and offices 7.5 Arms

8 Issue 9 Ancestry 10 See also 11 Notes and sources 12 References 13 External links

Early life and education George was born on 3 June 1865, in Marlborough House, London. He was the second son of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, and Alexandra, Princess of Wales. His father was the eldest son of Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
and Prince Albert, and his mother was the eldest daughter of King Christian IX and Queen Louise of Denmark. He was baptised at Windsor Castle on 7 July 1865 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Charles Longley.[1]

George as a young boy, 1870

As a younger son of the Prince of Wales, there was little expectation that George would become king. He was third in line to the throne, after his father and elder brother, Prince Albert Victor. George was only 17 months younger than Albert Victor, and the two princes were educated together. John Neale Dalton was appointed as their tutor in 1871. Neither Albert Victor nor George excelled intellectually.[2] As their father thought that the navy was "the very best possible training for any boy",[3] in September 1877, when George was 12 years old, both brothers joined the cadet training ship HMS Britannia at Dartmouth, Devon.[4] For three years from 1879, the royal brothers served on HMS Bacchante, accompanied by Dalton. They toured the colonies of the British Empire
British Empire
in the Caribbean, South Africa
South Africa
and Australia, and visited Norfolk, Virginia, as well as South America, the Mediterranean, Egypt, and East Asia. In 1881 on a visit to Japan, George had a local artist tattoo a blue and red dragon on his arm,[5] and was received in an audience by the Emperor Meiji; George and his brother presented Empress Haruko
Empress Haruko
with two wallabies from Australia.[6] Dalton wrote an account of their journey entitled The Cruise of HMS Bacchante.[7] Between Melbourne and Sydney, Dalton recorded a sighting of the Flying Dutchman, a mythical ghost ship.[8] When they returned to Britain, Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
complained that her grandsons could not speak French or German, and so they spent six months in Lausanne
in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to learn another language.[9] After Lausanne, the brothers were separated; Albert Victor attended Trinity College, Cambridge, while George continued in the Royal Navy. He travelled the world, visiting many areas of the British Empire. During his naval career he commanded Torpedo Boat 79 in home waters then HMS Thrush on the North America station, before his last active service in command of HMS Melampus in 1891–92. From then on, his naval rank was largely honorary.[10] Marriage See also: Wedding of Prince George, Duke of York, and Princess Mary of Teck

George, 1893

As a young man destined to serve in the navy, Prince George served for many years under the command of his uncle, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, who was stationed in Malta. There, he grew close to and fell in love with his uncle's daughter, Princess Marie. His grandmother, father and uncle all approved the match, but the mothers—the Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Edinburgh—both opposed it. The Princess of Wales thought the family was too pro-German, and the Duchess of Edinburgh disliked England. Marie's mother was the only daughter of Tsar Alexander II of Russia. She resented the fact that, as the wife of a younger son of the British sovereign, she had to yield precedence to George's mother, the Princess of Wales, whose father had been a minor German prince before being called unexpectedly to the throne of Denmark. Guided by her mother, Marie refused George when he proposed to her. She married Ferdinand, the future King of Romania, in 1893.[11] In November 1891, George's elder brother, Albert Victor, became engaged to his second cousin once removed, Princess Victoria Mary of Teck, known as "May" within the family.[12] May's father, Prince Francis, Duke of Teck, belonged to a morganatic, cadet branch of the house of Württemberg. Her mother, Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, was a male-line granddaughter of King George III and a first cousin of Queen Victoria.[13] On 14 January 1892, six weeks after the formal engagement, Albert Victor died of pneumonia, leaving George second in line to the throne, and likely to succeed after his father. George had only just recovered from a serious illness himself, after being confined to bed for six weeks with typhoid fever, the disease that was thought to have killed his grandfather Prince Albert.[14] Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
still regarded Princess May as a suitable match for her grandson, and George and May grew close during their shared period of mourning.[15] A year after Albert Victor's death, George proposed to May and was accepted. They married on 6 July 1893 at the Chapel Royal
Chapel Royal
in St James's Palace, London. Throughout their lives, they remained devoted to each other. George was, on his own admission, unable to express his feelings easily in speech, but they often exchanged loving letters and notes of endearment.[16] Duke of York

York Cottage
York Cottage
at Sandringham House: George and his wife lived here from 1893 to 1926.

The death of his elder brother effectively ended George's naval career, as he was now second in line to succeed to the throne, after his father.[17] George was created Duke of York, Earl of Inverness and Baron Killarney
Baron Killarney
by Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
on 24 May 1892,[18] and received lessons in constitutional history from J. R. Tanner.[19] The Duke and Duchess of York lived mainly at York Cottage,[20] a relatively small house in Sandringham, Norfolk, where their way of life mirrored that of a comfortable middle-class family rather than royalty.[21] George preferred a simple, almost quiet, life in marked contrast to the lively social life pursued by his father. His official biographer, Harold Nicolson, later despaired of George's time as Duke of York, writing: "He may be all right as a young midshipman and a wise old king, but when he was Duke of York ... he did nothing at all but kill [i.e. shoot] animals and stick in stamps."[22] George was an avid stamp collector, which Nicolson disparaged,[23] but George played a large role in building the Royal Philatelic Collection
Royal Philatelic Collection
into the most comprehensive collection of United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and Commonwealth stamps in the world, in some cases setting record purchase prices for items.[24] George and May had five sons and a daughter. Randolph Churchill claimed that George was a strict father, to the extent that his children were terrified of him, and that George had remarked to Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby: "My father was frightened of his mother, I was frightened of my father, and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me." In reality, there is no direct source for the quotation and it is likely that George's parenting style was little different from that adopted by most people at the time.[25] In October 1894, George's uncle-by-marriage, Tsar Alexander III, died and George's maternal cousin, Tsesarevich Nicholas, ascended the Russian throne as Nicholas II. At the request of his father, "out of respect for poor dear Uncle Sasha's memory", George joined his parents in St Petersburg for the funeral.[26] George remained in Russia for the wedding a week later of Nicholas to another one of George's first cousins, Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine, who had once been considered as a potential bride for George's elder brother.[27] Prince of Wales

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George at Montreal and Quebec, 1901

As Duke and Duchess of York, George and May carried out a wide variety of public duties. On the death of Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
on 22 January 1901, George's father ascended the throne as King Edward VII.[28] George inherited the title of Duke of Cornwall, and for much of the rest of that year, he was known as the Duke of Cornwall
Duke of Cornwall
and York.[29] In 1901, George and May toured the British Empire. Their tour included Gibraltar, Malta, Port Said, Aden, Ceylon, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Mauritius, South Africa, Canada, and the Colony of Newfoundland. The tour was designed by Colonial Secretary Joseph Chamberlain with the support of Prime Minister Lord Salisbury
Lord Salisbury
to reward the Dominions for their participation in the South African War of 1899–1902. George presented thousands of specially designed South African War medals to colonial troops. In South Africa, the royal party met civic leaders, African leaders, and Boer prisoners, and was greeted by elaborate decorations, expensive gifts, and fireworks displays. Despite this, not all residents responded favourably to the tour. Many white Cape Afrikaners resented the display and expense, the war having weakened their capacity to reconcile their Afrikaner-Dutch culture with their status as British subjects. Critics in the English-language press decried the enormous cost at a time when families faced severe hardship.[30]

Painting by Tom Roberts
Tom Roberts
of the Duke opening the first Parliament of Australia on 9 May 1901

In Australia, the Duke opened the first session of the Australian Parliament upon the creation of the Commonwealth of Australia.[31] In New Zealand, he praised the military values, bravery, loyalty, and obedience to duty of New Zealanders, and the tour gave New Zealand a chance to show off its progress, especially in its adoption of up-to-date British standards in communications and the processing industries. The implicit goal was to advertise New Zealand's attractiveness to tourists and potential immigrants, while avoiding news of growing social tensions, by focusing the attention of the British press on a land few knew about.[32] On his return to Britain, in a speech at London's Guildhall, George warned of "the impression which seemed to prevail among [our] brethren across the seas, that the Old Country must wake up if she intends to maintain her old position of pre-eminence in her colonial trade against foreign competitors."[33] On 9 November 1901, George was created Prince of Wales
Prince of Wales
and Earl of Chester.[34][35] King Edward wished to prepare his son for his future role as king. In contrast to Edward himself, whom Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
had deliberately excluded from state affairs, George was given wide access to state documents by his father.[17][36] George in turn allowed his wife access to his papers,[37] as he valued her counsel and she often helped write her husband's speeches.[38] As Prince of Wales, George supported reforms in naval training, including cadets being enrolled at the ages of twelve and thirteen, and receiving the same education, whatever their class and eventual assignments. The reforms were implemented by the then Second (later First) Sea Lord, Jacky Fisher.[39] From November 1905 to March 1906, George and May toured British India, where he was disgusted by racial discrimination and campaigned for greater involvement of Indians in the government of the country.[40] The tour was almost immediately followed by a trip to Spain for the wedding of King Alfonso XIII to Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, a first cousin of George, at which the bride and groom narrowly avoided assassination.[41] A week after returning to Britain, George and May travelled to Norway
for the coronation of King Haakon VII, George's cousin and brother-in-law, and Queen Maud, George's sister.[42] King and Emperor On 6 May 1910, King Edward died, and George became king. He wrote in his diary,

I have lost my best friend and the best of fathers ... I never had a [cross] word with him in my life. I am heart-broken and overwhelmed with grief but God will help me in my responsibilities and darling May will be my comfort as she has always been. May God give me strength and guidance in the heavy task which has fallen on me[43]

George had never liked his wife's habit of signing official documents and letters as "Victoria Mary" and insisted she drop one of those names. They both thought she should not be called Queen Victoria, and so she became Queen Mary.[44] Later that year, a radical propagandist, Edward Mylius, published a lie that George had secretly married in Malta
as a young man, and that consequently his marriage to Queen Mary was bigamous. The lie had first surfaced in print in 1893 but George had shrugged it off as a joke. In an effort to kill off rumours, Mylius was arrested, tried and found guilty of criminal libel, and was sentenced to a year in prison.[45] George objected to the anti-Catholic wording of the Accession Declaration that he would be required to make at the opening of his first parliament. He made it known that he would refuse to open parliament unless it was changed. As a result, the Accession Declaration Act 1910 shortened the declaration and removed the most offensive phrases.[46]

King George and Queen Mary at the Delhi
Durbar, 1911

George and Mary's coronation took place at Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey
on 22 June 1911,[17] and was celebrated by the Festival of Empire
Festival of Empire
in London. In July, the King and Queen visited Ireland for five days; they received a warm welcome, with thousands of people lining the route of their procession to cheer.[47][48] Later in 1911, the King and Queen travelled to India for the Delhi
Durbar, where they were presented to an assembled audience of Indian dignitaries and princes as the Emperor and Empress of India on 12 December 1911. George wore the newly created Imperial Crown of India
Imperial Crown of India
at the ceremony, and declared the shifting of the Indian capital from Calcutta
to Delhi. They travelled throughout the sub-continent, and George took the opportunity to indulge in big game hunting in Nepal, shooting 21 tigers, 8 rhinoceroses and a bear over 10 days.[49] He was a keen and expert marksman.[50] On 18 December 1913, he shot over a thousand pheasants in six hours[51] at the home of Lord Burnham, although even he had to acknowledge that "we went a little too far" that day.[52] National politics

A half-sovereign minted during George's reign (Bertram Mackennal, sculptor)

George inherited the throne at a politically turbulent time.[53] Lloyd George's People's Budget
People's Budget
had been rejected the previous year by the Conservative and Unionist-dominated House of Lords, contrary to the normal convention that the Lords did not veto money bills.[54] Liberal Prime Minister H. H. Asquith
H. H. Asquith
had asked the previous king to give an undertaking that he would create sufficient Liberal peers to force the budget through the House. Edward had reluctantly agreed, provided the Lords rejected the budget after two successive general elections. After a general election in January 1910, the Conservative peers allowed the budget, for which the government now had an electoral mandate, to pass without a vote.[55] Asquith attempted to curtail the power of the Lords through constitutional reforms, which were again blocked by the Upper House. A constitutional conference on the reforms broke down in November 1910 after 21 meetings. Asquith and Lord Crewe, Liberal leader in the Lords, asked George to grant a dissolution, leading to a second general election, and to promise to create sufficient Liberal peers if the Lords blocked the legislation again.[56] If George refused, the Liberal government would otherwise resign, which would have given the appearance that the monarch was taking sides – with "the peers against the people" – in party politics.[57] The King's two private secretaries, Lords Knollys and Stamfordham, gave George conflicting advice. Knollys, who was Liberal, advised George to accept the Cabinet's demands, while Stamfordham, who was Unionist, advised George to accept the resignation.[58] Like his father, George reluctantly agreed to the dissolution and creation of peers, although he felt his ministers had taken advantage of his inexperience to browbeat him.[59] After the December 1910 election, the Lords let the bill pass on hearing of the threat to swamp the house with new peers.[60] The subsequent Parliament Act 1911
Parliament Act 1911
permanently removed – with a few exceptions – the power of the Lords to veto bills. The King later came to feel that Knollys had withheld information from him about the willingness of the opposition to form a government if the Liberals had resigned.[61] The 1910 general elections had left the Liberals as a minority government dependent upon the support of Irish Nationalists. As desired by the Nationalists, Asquith introduced legislation that would give Ireland Home Rule, but the Conservatives and Unionists opposed it.[17][62] As tempers rose over the Home Rule Bill, which would never have been possible without the Parliament Act, relations between the elderly Knollys and the Conservatives became poor, and he was pushed into retirement.[63] Desperate to avoid the prospect of civil war in Ireland between Unionists and Nationalists, George called a meeting of all parties at Buckingham Palace in July 1914 in an attempt to negotiate a settlement.[64] After four days the conference ended without an agreement.[17][65] Political developments in Britain and Ireland were overtaken by events in Europe, and the issue of Irish Home Rule was shelved.[17][66] First World War

"A good riddance" A 1917 Punch cartoon depicts King George sweeping away his German titles.

On 4 August 1914 the King wrote in his diary, "I held a council at 10.45 to declare war with Germany. It is a terrible catastrophe but it is not our fault. ... Please to God it may soon be over."[67] From 1914 to 1918, Britain and its allies were at war with the Central Powers, led by the German Empire. The German Kaiser Wilhelm II, who for the British public came to symbolise all the horrors of the war, was the King's first cousin. The King's paternal grandfather was Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; consequently, the King and his children bore the titles Prince and Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Duke and Duchess of Saxony. Queen Mary, although British like her mother, was the daughter of the Duke of Teck, a descendant of the German Dukes of Württemberg. The King had brothers-in-law and cousins who were British subjects but who bore German titles such as Duke and Duchess of Teck, Prince and Princess of Battenberg, and Prince and Princess of Schleswig-Holstein. When H. G. Wells
H. G. Wells
wrote about Britain's "alien and uninspiring court", George famously replied: "I may be uninspiring, but I'll be damned if I'm alien."[68] On 17 July 1917, George appeased British nationalist feelings by issuing a royal proclamation that changed the name of the British royal house from the German-sounding House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
to the House of Windsor.[69] He and all his British relatives relinquished their German titles and styles, and adopted British-sounding surnames. George compensated his male relatives by creating them British peers. His cousin, Prince Louis of Battenberg, who earlier in the war had been forced to resign as First Sea Lord through anti-German feeling, became Louis Mountbatten, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven, while Queen Mary's brothers became Adolphus Cambridge, 1st Marquess of Cambridge, and Alexander Cambridge, 1st Earl of Athlone.[70]

George V
George V
(right) and his physically similar cousin Nicholas II of Russia in German uniforms before the war.[71]

In letters patent gazetted on 11 December 1917 the King restricted the style of "Royal Highness" and the titular dignity of "Prince (or Princess) of Great Britain and Ireland" to the children of the Sovereign, the children of the sons of the Sovereign and the eldest living son of the eldest living son of a Prince of Wales.[72] The letters patent also stated that "the titles of Royal Highness, Highness or Serene Highness, and the titular dignity of Prince and Princess shall cease except those titles already granted and remaining unrevoked". George's relatives who fought on the German side, such as Prince Ernst August of Hanover, 3rd Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale (the senior male-line great-grandson of George III) and Prince Carl Eduard, Duke of Albany and reigning Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (a male-line grandson of Queen Victoria), had their British peerages suspended by a 1919 Order in Council under the provisions of the Titles Deprivation Act 1917. Under pressure from his mother, Queen Alexandra, George also removed the Garter flags of his German relations from St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.[73] When Tsar Nicholas II
Tsar Nicholas II
of Russia, George's first cousin (their mothers were sisters), was overthrown in the Russian Revolution of 1917, the British government offered political asylum to the Tsar and his family, but worsening conditions for the British people, and fears that revolution might come to the British Isles, led George to think that the presence of the Romanovs
would be seen as inappropriate.[74] Despite the later claims of Lord Mountbatten of Burma that Prime Minister Lloyd George was opposed to the rescue of the Russian imperial family, the letters of Lord Stamfordham suggest that it was George V who opposed the idea against the advice of the government.[75] Advanced planning for a rescue was undertaken by MI1, a branch of the British secret service,[76] but because of the strengthening position of the Bolshevik
revolutionaries and wider difficulties with the conduct of the war, the plan was never put into operation.[77] The Tsar and his immediate family remained in Russia, where they were murdered by Bolsheviks in 1918. The following year, Nicholas's mother (George's aunt) Maria Feodorovna (Dagmar of Denmark) and other members of the extended Russian imperial family were rescued from Crimea
by a British warship.[78] Two months after the end of the war, the King's youngest son, John, died at the age of 13 after a lifetime of ill health. George was informed of his death by Queen Mary, who wrote, "[John] had been a great anxiety to us for many years ... The first break in the family circle is hard to bear but people have been so kind & sympathetic & this has helped us much."[79] In May 1922, the King toured Belgium and northern France, visiting the First World War
First World War
cemeteries and memorials being constructed by the Imperial War Graves Commission. The event was described in a poem, The King's Pilgrimage by Rudyard Kipling.[80] The tour, and one short visit to Italy in 1923, were the only times George agreed to leave the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
on official business after the end of the war.[81] Reign after the Great War

King George V
George V
in 1923

Before the First World War, most of Europe was ruled by monarchs related to George, but during and after the war, the monarchies of Austria, Germany, Greece, and Spain, like Russia, fell to revolution and war. In March 1919, Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Lisle Strutt
Edward Lisle Strutt
was dispatched on the personal authority of the King to escort the former Emperor Charles I of Austria
Charles I of Austria
and his family to safety in Switzerland.[82] In 1922, a Royal Navy
Royal Navy
ship was sent to Greece to rescue his cousins, Prince and Princess Andrew. Prince Andrew was a nephew of Queen Alexandra
Queen Alexandra
through her brother King George I of Greece, and Princess Andrew was a daughter of Prince Louis of Battenberg, one of the German princes granted a British peerage in 1917. Their children included Prince Philip, who would later marry George's granddaughter, Elizabeth II. The Greek monarchy was restored again shortly before George's death. Political turmoil in Ireland continued as the Nationalists fought for independence; George expressed his horror at government-sanctioned killings and reprisals to Prime Minister David Lloyd George.[83] At the opening session of the Parliament of Northern Ireland
Parliament of Northern Ireland
on 22 June 1921, the King appealed for conciliation in a speech part drafted by General Jan Smuts
Jan Smuts
and approved by Lloyd George.[84] A few weeks later, a truce was agreed.[85] Negotiations between Britain and the Irish secessionists led to the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty.[86] By the end of 1922, Ireland was partitioned, the Irish Free State
Irish Free State
was established, and Lloyd George was out of office.[87] The King and his advisers were concerned about the rise of socialism and the growing labour movement, which they mistakenly associated with republicanism. The socialists no longer believed in their anti-monarchical slogans and were ready to come to terms with the monarchy if it took the first step. George adopted a more democratic, inclusive stance that crossed class lines and brought the monarchy closer to the public and the working class—a dramatic change for the King, who was most comfortable with naval officers and landed gentry. He cultivated friendly relations with moderate Labour party politicians and trade union officials. His abandonment of social aloofness conditioned the royal family's behaviour and enhanced its popularity during the economic crises of the 1920s and for over two generations thereafter.[88][89] The years between 1922 and 1929 saw frequent changes in government. In 1924, George appointed the first Labour Prime Minister, Ramsay MacDonald, in the absence of a clear majority for any one of the three major parties. George's tactful and understanding reception of the first Labour government (which lasted less than a year) allayed the suspicions of the party's sympathisers. During the General Strike of 1926 the King advised the government of Conservative Stanley Baldwin against taking inflammatory action,[90] and took exception to suggestions that the strikers were "revolutionaries" saying, "Try living on their wages before you judge them."[91]

1926 Imperial Conference: George V and the prime ministers of the Empire. Clockwise from centre front: George V, Baldwin (United Kingdom), Monroe (Newfoundland), Coates (New Zealand), Bruce (Australia), Hertzog (South Africa), Cosgrave (Irish Free State), King (Canada).

In 1926, George hosted an Imperial Conference
Imperial Conference
in London
at which the Balfour Declaration accepted the growth of the British Dominions
British Dominions
into self-governing "autonomous Communities within the British Empire, equal in status, in no way subordinate one to another". In 1931, the Statute of Westminster formalised the Dominion's legislative independence[92] and established that the succession to the throne could not be changed unless all the Parliaments of the Dominions as well as the Parliament at Westminster agreed.[17] The Statute's preamble described the monarch as "the symbol of the free association of the members of the British Commonwealth of Nations", who were "united by a common allegiance".[93] In the wake of a world financial crisis, the King encouraged the formation of a National Government in 1931 led by MacDonald and Baldwin,[94][95] and volunteered to reduce the civil list to help balance the budget.[94] He was concerned by the rise to power in Germany of Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
and the Nazi Party. In 1934, the King bluntly told the German ambassador Leopold von Hoesch
Leopold von Hoesch
that Germany was now the peril of the world, and that there was bound to be a war within ten years if she went on at the present rate; he warned the British ambassador in Berlin Eric Phipps to be suspicious of the Nazis.[96] In 1932, George agreed to deliver a Royal Christmas speech
Royal Christmas speech
on the radio, an event that became annual thereafter. He was not in favour of the innovation originally but was persuaded by the argument that it was what his people wanted.[97] By the silver jubilee of his reign in 1935, he had become a well-loved king, saying in response to the crowd's adulation, "I cannot understand it, after all I am only a very ordinary sort of fellow."[98]

"No means test for these 'unemployed'!" by Maro, 1935. The Silver Jubilee of King George V
George V
was celebrated across Britain, but with the country in a financial depression not everyone approved of the public expense associated with the royal family.

George's relationship with his eldest son and heir, Edward, deteriorated in these later years. George was disappointed in Edward's failure to settle down in life and appalled by his many affairs with married women.[17] In contrast, he was fond of his second eldest son, Prince Albert (later George VI), and doted on his eldest granddaughter, Princess Elizabeth; he nicknamed her "Lilibet", and she affectionately called him "Grandpa England".[99] In 1935, George said of his son Edward: "After I am dead, the boy will ruin himself within 12 months", and of Albert and Elizabeth: "I pray to God my eldest son will never marry and have children, and that nothing will come between Bertie and Lilibet and the throne."[100][101] Declining health and death The First World War
First World War
took a toll on George's health: he was seriously injured on 28 October 1915 when thrown by his horse at a troop review in France, and his heavy smoking exacerbated recurring breathing problems. He suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pleurisy. In 1925, on the instruction of his doctors, he was reluctantly sent on a recuperative private cruise in the Mediterranean; it was his third trip abroad since the war, and his last.[102] In November 1928, he fell seriously ill with septicaemia, and for the next two years his son Edward took over many of his duties.[103] In 1929, the suggestion of a further rest abroad was rejected by the King "in rather strong language".[104] Instead, he retired for three months to Craigweil House, Aldwick, in the seaside resort of Bognor, Sussex.[105] As a result of his stay, the town acquired the suffix "Regis", which is Latin for "of the King". A myth later grew that his last words, upon being told that he would soon be well enough to revisit the town, were "Bugger Bognor!"[106][107][108] George never fully recovered. In his final year, he was occasionally administered oxygen.[109] The death of his favourite sister Victoria in December 1935 depressed him deeply. On the evening of 15 January 1936, the King took to his bedroom at Sandringham House
Sandringham House
complaining of a cold; he remained in the room until his death.[110] He became gradually weaker, drifting in and out of consciousness. Prime Minister Baldwin later said:

each time he became conscious it was some kind inquiry or kind observation of someone, some words of gratitude for kindness shown. But he did say to his secretary when he sent for him: "How is the Empire?" An unusual phrase in that form, and the secretary said: "All is well, sir, with the Empire", and the King gave him a smile and relapsed once more into unconsciousness.[111]

By 20 January, he was close to death. His physicians, led by Lord Dawson of Penn, issued a bulletin with words that became famous: "The King's life is moving peacefully towards its close."[112][113] Dawson's private diary, unearthed after his death and made public in 1986, reveals that the King's last words, a mumbled "God damn you!",[114] were addressed to his nurse, Catherine Black, when she gave him a sedative that night. Dawson, who supported the "gentle growth of euthanasia",[115] admitted in the diary that he hastened the King's death by injecting him, after 11.00 p.m., with two consecutive lethal injections: 3/4 gr. morphine followed by 1 gr. cocaine shortly afterwards.[114][116] Dawson wrote that he acted to preserve the King's dignity, to prevent further strain on the family, and so that the King's death at 11:55 p.m. could be announced in the morning edition of The Times
The Times
newspaper rather than "less appropriate ... evening journals".[114][116] Neither Queen Mary, who was intensely religious and might not have sanctioned euthanasia, nor the Prince of Wales was consulted. The royal family did not want the King to endure pain and suffering and did not want his life prolonged artificially but nor did they approve Dawson's actions.[117] British Pathe announced the King's death the following day, in which he was described as "more than a King, a father of a great family".[118]

Radio Times
Radio Times
for the day of the funeral, 28 January 1936, reading "Arrangements will be announced over the microphone"

The German composer Paul Hindemith
Paul Hindemith
went to a BBC studio on the morning after the King's death and in six hours wrote Trauermusik (Mourning Music). It was performed that same evening in a live broadcast by the BBC, with Adrian Boult
Adrian Boult
conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
and the composer as soloist.[119] At the procession to George's lying in state in Westminster Hall
Westminster Hall
part of the Imperial State Crown
Imperial State Crown
fell from on top of the coffin and landed in the gutter as the cortège turned into New Palace Yard. The new king, Edward VIII, saw it fall and wondered whether it was a bad omen for his new reign.[120][121] As a mark of respect to their father, George's four surviving sons, Edward, Albert, Henry, and George, mounted the guard, known as the Vigil of the Princes, at the catafalque on the night before the funeral.[122] The vigil was not repeated until the death of George's daughter-in-law, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, in 2002. George V
George V
was interred at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, on 28 January 1936.[123] Edward abdicated before the year was out, leaving his brother Albert, Duke of York, to ascend the throne (taking the regnal name George VI). Legacy

Statue of King George V in King George Square outside Brisbane City Hall

George V
George V
disliked sitting for portraits[17] and despised modern art; he was so displeased by one portrait by Charles Sims that he ordered it to be burned.[124] He did admire sculptor Bertram Mackennal, who created statues of George for display in Madras and Delhi, and William Reid Dick, whose statue of George V
George V
stands outside Westminster Abbey, London.[17]

George V on a 5-cent Canadian stamp, 1922

George preferred to stay at home pursuing his hobbies of stamp collecting and game shooting, and he lived a life that later biographers considered dull because of its conventionality.[125] He was not an intellectual; on returning from one evening at the opera, he wrote in his journal, "Went to Covent Garden and saw Fidelio
and damned dull it was."[126] Nonetheless, he was earnestly devoted to Britain and its Commonwealth.[127] He explained, "it has always been my dream to identify myself with the great idea of Empire."[128] He appeared hard-working and became widely admired by the people of Britain and the Empire, as well as "the Establishment".[129] In the words of historian David Cannadine, George V
George V
and Queen Mary were an "inseparably devoted couple" who upheld "character" and "family values".[130] George established a standard of conduct for British royalty that reflected the values and virtues of the upper middle-class rather than upper-class lifestyles or vices.[131] He was by temperament a traditionalist who never fully appreciated or approved the revolutionary changes under way in British society.[132] Nevertheless, he invariably wielded his influence as a force of neutrality and moderation, seeing his role as mediator rather than final decision-maker.[133] Titles, styles, honours and arms Titles and styles

3 June 1865 – 24 May 1892: His Royal Highness Prince George of Wales 24 May 1892 – 22 January 1901: His Royal Highness The Duke of York 22 January – 9 November 1901: His Royal Highness The Duke of Cornwall and York 9 November 1901 – 6 May 1910: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales 6 May 1910 – 20 January 1936: His Majesty The King

His full style as king was "George V, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
of Great Britain and Ireland and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas, King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India" until the Royal and Parliamentary Titles Act 1927, when it changed to "George V, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions
British Dominions
beyond the Seas, King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India". British honours

KG: Knight of the Garter, 4 August 1884[134] KT: Knight of the Thistle, 5 July 1893[134] KP: Knight of St Patrick, 20 August 1897[134] GCSI: Knight Grand Commander of the Star of India, 28 September 1905[134] GCMG: Knight Grand Cross of St Michael and St George, 9 March 1901[134][135] GCIE: Knight Grand Commander of the Indian Empire, 28 September 1905[134] GCVO: Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, 30 June 1897[134] ISO: Imperial Service Order, 31 March 1903[134] Royal Victorian Chain, 1902[134] PC: Privy Counsellor, 18 July 1894[134]

Privy Counsellor (Ireland), 20 August 1897[134]

Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
Golden Jubilee Medal, with 1897 bar[136]

After his accession to the throne in 1910, George became sovereign of all the orders awarded by the British Empire
British Empire
and (later) Commonwealth, including those awarded him prior to his accession. Military appointments

September 1877: Cadet, HMS Britannia[137] 8 January 1880: Midshipman, HMS Bacchante and the corvette HMS Canada[134] 3 June 1884: Sub-Lieutenant, Royal Navy[134] 8 October 1885: Lieutenant, HMS Thunderer; HMS Dreadnought; HMS Alexandra; HMS Northumberland[134] 21 June 1887: Personal Aide-de-Camp
Personal Aide-de-Camp
to the Queen[138] July 1889 I/C HMS Torpedo Boat 79[139] By May 1890 I/C the gunboat HMS Thrush[140] 24 August 1891: Commander, I/C HMS Melampus[134] 2 January 1893: Captain, Royal Navy[134] 1 January 1901: Rear-Admiral, Royal Navy[134][141] 25 February 1901: Personal Naval Aide-de-Camp to the King[142] 26 June 1903: Vice-Admiral, Royal Navy[134] 1 March 1907: Admiral, Royal Navy[134][143] 1910: Admiral of the Fleet, Royal Navy[134] 1910: Field Marshal, British Army[143] 1919: Chief of the Royal Air Force (title not rank)[144] 1 January 1901: Colonel-in-Chief
of the Royal Marine Forces[145] 29 November 1901: Honorary Colonel
Honorary Colonel
of the 4th County of London Yeomanry Regiment (King′s Colonials)[146] 21 December 1901: Colonel-in-Chief
of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers[147]

Foreign honours

Knight of the Order of the Elephant
Order of the Elephant
(Denmark), 11 October 1885[134] Order of the Dannebrog
Order of the Dannebrog
(Denmark),[136] Grand Commander 9 May 1914 Knight of the Order of the Seraphim
Order of the Seraphim
(Sweden), 14 June 1905[134] Collar of the Order of Charles III
Order of Charles III
(Spain)[148] Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece
Order of the Golden Fleece
(Spain)[134] Knight of the Order of Saint Hubert
Order of Saint Hubert
(Bavaria)[149] Knight of the Order of the Most Holy Annunciation
Order of the Most Holy Annunciation
(Italy)[134] Grand Commander of the House Order of Hohenzollern
House Order of Hohenzollern
(Prussia)[149] Grand Cross of the House Order of the Wendish Crown
House Order of the Wendish Crown
(Mecklenburg)[149] Member 1st Class with Brilliants of the Order of Osmanieh
Order of Osmanieh
(Ottoman Empire),[134] Knight of the Order of St Andrew
Order of St Andrew
(Russian Empire)[134] Knight of the Order of the Black Eagle
Order of the Black Eagle
(Prussia)[134][149] Grand Cross of the Saxe-Ernestine House Order
Saxe-Ernestine House Order
(Saxon duchies)[136][149] Knight of the Order of the Rue Crown
Order of the Rue Crown
(Saxony)[134][149] Grand Cross of the Order of the Red Eagle
Order of the Red Eagle
(Prussia),[149] Grand Cross of the Order of the White Falcon (Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach)[149] Grand Cross of the Order of the Redeemer (Greece)[136] King Christian IX
King Christian IX
Jubilee Medal (Denmark)[136] King Christian IX
King Christian IX
and Queen Louise of Denmark Golden Wedding Commemorative Medal (Denmark)[136] Cross of Liberty, 1st class (Estonia), 17 June 1925[150] Grand Cross of the Order of the Colonial Empire (Portugal), 19 February 1934[151]

Honorary foreign military appointments

1 February 1901: À la suite of the German Navy[152] 26 January 1902: Colonel-in-Chief
of the Rhenish Cuirassier Regiment "Count Geßler" No. 8 (Prussia)[153] Honorary Colonel
Honorary Colonel
of the Infantry Regiment "Zamora" No. 8 (Spain)[154][155]

Honorary degrees and offices

8 June 1893: Royal Fellow of the Royal Society,[134] installed 6 February 1902[156] 1899: Doctor of Laws (LLD), University of the Cape of Good Hope[157] 1901: Doctor of Laws (LLD), University of Sydney[158] 1901: Doctor of Laws (LLD), University of Toronto[159] 1901: Doctor of Civil Law (DCL), Queen's University, Ontario[160] 1902: Doctor of Laws (LLD), University of Wales[161] 1901: Chancellor of the University of Cape Town[162] 1901–1912: Chancellor of the University of the Cape of Good Hope[157] 1902–1910: Chancellor of the University of Wales[161]

Arms As Duke of York, George's arms were the royal arms, with an inescutcheon of the arms of Saxony, all differenced with a label of three points argent, the centre point bearing an anchor azure. As Prince of Wales
Prince of Wales
the centre label lost its anchor. As King, he bore the royal arms. In 1917, he removed, by warrant, the Saxony inescutcheon from the arms of all male-line descendants of the Prince Consort domiciled in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
(although the royal arms themselves had never borne the shield).[163]

Coat of arms of George as Duke of York Coat of arms of George as Prince of Wales Coat of arms of George V
George V
in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
(except Scotland) Coat of arms of George V
George V
in Scotland

Issue See also: List of descendants of George V

Name Birth Death Spouse Children

Edward VIII Later Duke of Windsor 23 June 1894 28 May 1972 Wallis Simpson None

George VI 14 December 1895 6 February 1952 Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon Elizabeth II Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon

Mary, Princess Royal 25 April 1897 28 March 1965 Henry Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood George Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood The Honourable Gerald Lascelles

Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester 31 March 1900 10 June 1974 Lady Alice Montagu Douglas Scott Prince William of Gloucester Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester

Prince George, Duke of Kent 20 December 1902 25 August 1942 Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark Prince Edward, Duke of Kent Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy Prince Michael of Kent

Prince John 12 July 1905 18 January 1919 Never married None


Ancestors of George V

16. Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

8. Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

17. Countess Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf

4. Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

18. Augustus, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg

9. Princess Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg

19. Duchess Louise Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

2. Edward VII
Edward VII
of the United Kingdom

20. George III of the United Kingdom

10. Prince Edward, Duke of Kent
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent
and Strathearn

21. Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

5. Victoria of the United Kingdom

22. Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
(= 16)

11. Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

23. Countess Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf (= 17)

1. George V
George V
of the United Kingdom

24. Frederick Charles Louis, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck

12. Frederick William, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg

25. Countess Friederike of Schlieben

6. Christian IX of Denmark

26. Prince Charles of Hesse-Kassel

13. Princess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Kassel

27. Princess Louise of Denmark

3. Princess Alexandra of Denmark

28. Prince Frederick of Hesse-Kassel

14. Prince William of Hesse-Kassel

29. Princess Caroline of Nassau-Usingen

7. Princess Louise of Hesse-Kassel

30. Frederick, Hereditary Prince of Denmark

15. Princess Charlotte of Denmark

31. Duchess Sophia Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

See also

Household of King George V
George V
and Queen Mary Interwar Britain

Notes and sources

^ His godparents were the King of Hanover (Queen Victoria's cousin, for whom Prince Edward of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Prince Edward of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
stood proxy); the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Prince Albert's brother, for whom the Lord President of the Council, Earl Granville, stood proxy); the Prince of Leiningen (the Prince of Wales's half-cousin); the Crown Prince of Denmark (the Princess of Wales's brother, for whom the Lord Chamberlain, Viscount Sydney, stood proxy); the Queen of Denmark (George's maternal grandmother, for whom Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
stood proxy); the Duke of Cambridge (Queen Victoria's cousin); the Duchess of Cambridge (Queen Victoria's aunt, for whom George's aunt Princess Helena stood proxy); and Princess Louis of Hesse and by Rhine (George's aunt, for whom her sister Princess Louise stood proxy) (The Times (London), Saturday, 8 July 1865, p. 12). ^ Clay, p. 39; Sinclair, pp. 46–47 ^ Sinclair, pp. 49–50 ^ Clay, p. 71; Rose, p. 7 ^ Rose, p. 13 ^ Keene, Donald Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His World, 1852–1912 (Columbia University Press, 2002) pgs. 350–351 ^ Rose, p. 14; Sinclair, p. 55 ^ Rose, p. 11 ^ Clay, p. 92; Rose, pp. 15–16 ^ Sinclair, p. 69 ^ Pope-Hennessy, pp. 250–251 ^ Rose, pp. 22–23 ^ Rose, p. 29 ^ Rose, pp. 20–21, 24 ^ Pope-Hennessy, pp. 230–231 ^ Sinclair, p. 178 ^ a b c d e f g h i j Matthew, H. C. G. (September 2004; online edition May 2009) " George V
George V
(1865–1936)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/33369, retrieved 1 May 2010 (Subscription required) ^ Clay, p. 149 ^ Clay, p. 150; Rose, p. 35 ^ Renamed from Bachelor's Cottage ^ Clay, p. 154; Nicolson, p. 51; Rose, p. 97 ^ Harold Nicolson's diary quoted in Sinclair, p. 107 ^ Nicolson's Comments 1944–1948, quoted in Rose, p. 42 ^ The Royal Philatelic Collection, Official website of the British Monarchy, retrieved 1 May 2010  ^ Rose, pp. 53–57; Sinclair, p. 93 ff ^ Clay, p. 167 ^ Rose, pp. 22, 208–209 ^ Rose, p. 42 ^ Rose, pp. 44–45 ^ Buckner, Phillip (November 1999), "The Royal Tour of 1901 and the Construction of an Imperial Identity in South Africa", South African Historical Journal, 41: 324–348  ^ Rose, pp. 43–44 ^ Bassett, Judith (1987), "'A Thousand Miles of Loyalty': the Royal Tour of 1901", New Zealand Journal of History, 21 (1): 125–138 ; Oliver, W. H., ed. (1981), The Oxford History of New Zealand, pp. 206–208  ^ Rose, p. 45 ^ "No. 27375". The London
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George V
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The Times
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The Times
(London), Friday, 7 July 1893, p. 5). Their facial features were only different up close. ^ Nicolson, p. 310 ^ Clay, p. 326; Rose, p. 173 ^ Nicolson, p. 301; Rose, pp. 210–215; Sinclair, p. 148 ^ Rose, p. 210 ^ Crossland, John (15 October 2006), "British Spies In Plot To Save Tsar", The Sunday Times  ^ Sinclair, p. 149 ^ Clay, pp. 355–356 ^ Pope-Hennessy, p. 511 ^ Pinney, Thomas (ed.) (1990) The Letters of Rudyard Kipling 1920–30, Vol. 5, University of Iowa Press, note 1, p. 120, ISBN 978-0-87745-898-2 ^ Rose, p. 294 ^ "Archduke Otto von Habsburg", The Daily Telegraph, London, 4 July 2011  ^ Nicolson, p. 347; Rose, pp. 238–241; Sinclair, p. 114 ^ Mowat, p. 84 ^ Mowat, p. 86 ^ Mowat, pp. 89–93 ^ Mowat, pp. 106–107, 119 ^ Prochaska, Frank (1999), " George V
George V
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Vernon Bogdanor
argues that George V
George V
played a crucial and active role in the political crisis of August–October 1931, and was a determining influence on Prime Minister MacDonald, in Bogdanor, Vernon (1991) "1931 Revisited: The Constitutional Aspects", Twentieth Century British History 2 (1): 1–25 (Subscription required). Philip Williamson disputes Bogdanor, saying the idea of a national government had been in the minds of party leaders since late 1930 and it was they, not the King, who determined when the time had come to establish one, in Williamson, Philip (1991) "1931 Revisited: the Political Realities", Twentieth Century British History 2 (3): 328–338 (Subscription required). ^ Nicolson, pp. 521–522; Rose, p. 388 ^ Sinclair p. 154 ^ Sinclair, p. 1 ^ Pimlott, Ben (1996), The Queen, John Wiley and Sons, Inc, ISBN 0-471-19431-X  ^ Ziegler, Philip (1990), King Edward VIII: The Official Biography, London: Collins, p. 199, ISBN 0-00-215741-1  ^ Rose, p. 392 ^ Rose, pp. 301, 344 ^ Ziegler, pp. 192–196 ^ Arthur Bigge, 1st Baron Stamfordham, to Alexander Cambridge, 1st Earl of Athlone, 9 July 1929, quoted in Nicolson p. 433 and Rose, p. 359 ^ Pope-Hennessy, p. 546; Rose, pp. 359–360 ^ Roberts, Andrew (2000), Antonia Fraser, ed., The House of Windsor, London: Cassell and Co, p. 36, ISBN 0-304-35406-6  ^ Ashley, Mike (1998), The Mammoth Book of British Kings and Queens, London: Robinson Publishing, p. 699  ^ Rose, pp. 360–361 ^ Bradford, Sarah (1989), King George VI, London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, p. 149, ISBN 0-297-79667-4  ^ Pope-Hennessy, p. 558 ^ The Times
The Times
(London), 22 January 1936, p. 7, col. A ^ The Times
The Times
(London), 21 January 1936, p. 12, col. A ^ Rose, p. 402 ^ a b c Watson, Francis (1986), "The Death of George V", History Today, 36: 21–30  ^ Lelyveld, Joseph (28 November 1986). "1936 Secret is Out: Doctor Sped George V's Death". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 September 2016.  ^ a b Ramsay, J. H. R. (28 May 1994), "A king, a doctor, and a convenient death", British Medical Journal, 308 (6941): 1445, doi:10.1136/bmj.308.6941.1445, PMC 2540387 , PMID 11644545  (Subscription required) ^ "Doctor Murdered Britain's George V". Observer-Reporter. Washington (PA). 28 November 1986. Retrieved 18 September 2016.  ^ "The Death of His Majesty King George V
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The Times
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George V
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George V
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George V
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The Times
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The Times
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The Times
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George V House of Windsor Cadet branch of the House of Wettin Born: 3 June 1865 Died: 20 January 1936

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Preceded by Edward VII King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, Emperor of India 6 May 1910 – 20 January 1936 Succeeded by Edward VIII

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Preceded by Prince George, Duke of Cambridge Grand Master of the Order of St Michael and St George 1904–1910 Vacant Title next held by Edward, Prince of Wales

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and Albany King William IV Prince Edward, Duke of Kent
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent
and Strathearn King Ernest Augustus of Hanover Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge Prince Octavius Prince Alfred Prince William Frederick, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh

5th generation

Albert, Prince Consort1 King George V
George V
of Hanover Prince George, Duke of Cambridge

6th generation

King Edward VII Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh
and Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany Ernest Augustus, Crown Prince of Hanover

7th generation

Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale King George V Prince Alexander John of Wales Alfred, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Prince Arthur of Connaught Prince Charles Edward, Duke of Albany and of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Prince George William of Hanover Prince Christian of Hanover Prince Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick

8th generation

King Edward VIII King George VI Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester Prince George, Duke of Kent Prince John Alastair, 2nd Duke of Connaught and Strathearn Johann Leopold, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover Prince George William of Hanover

9th generation

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh2 Prince William of Gloucester Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester Prince Edward, Duke of Kent Prince Michael of Kent

10th generation

Charles, Prince of Wales Prince Andrew, Duke of York Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex

11th generation

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge Prince Henry of Wales James, Viscount Severn3

12th generation

Prince George of Cambridge

1 Not a British prince
British prince
by birth, but created Prince Consort. 2 Not a British prince
British prince
by birth, but created a Prince of the United Kingdom. 3 Status debatable; see his article.

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Princes of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha


Duke Francis I

1st generation

Ernest I^ Prince Ferdinand^ King Leopold I of the Belgians^

2nd generation

Ernest II^ Albert, Prince Consort
Albert, Prince Consort
of the United Kingdom^* Koháry: King Fernando II of Portugal^¶ Prince August^ Prince Leopold^ Belgium: Crown Prince Louis Philippe# King Leopold II# Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders#

3rd generation

United Kingdom: King Edward VII* Alfred I* Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn* Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany* Braganza: King Pedro V¶ King Luís I¶ Infante João, Duke of Beja¶ Infante Fernando¶ Infante Augusto, Duke of Coimbra¶ Koháry: Prince Philipp Prince Ludwig August Tsar Ferdinand I of the Bulgarians† Belgium: Prince Leopold, Duke of Brabant# Prince Baudouin# King Albert I#

4th generation

United Kingdom: Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale* King George V* Prince Alexander John of Wales* Hereditary Prince Alfred* Prince Arthur of Connaught* Charles Edward I* Braganza: King Carlos I¶ Infante Afonso, Duke of Porto¶ Koháry: Prince Leopold Clement Prince Pedro Augusto1 Prince August Leopold1 Prince Joseph Ferdinand1 Prince Ludwig Gaston1 Bulgaria: Tsar Boris III† Kiril, Prince of Preslav† Belgium: King Leopold III# Prince Charles, Count of Flanders#

5th generation

United Kingdom: King Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor* King George VI* Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester* Prince George, Duke of Kent* Prince John* Prince Alastair of Connaught* Hereditary Prince Johann Leopold* Prince Hubertus* Friedrich Josias, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Braganza: Luís Filipe, Prince Royal¶ King Manuel II¶ Koháry: Prince August Clemens Prince Rainer Prince Philipp Prince Ernst Prince Antonius Bulgaria: Tsar Simeon II† Belgium: King Baudouin I# King Albert II# Prince Alexandre#

6th generation

Andreas, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Prince Adrian Koháry: Prince Johannes Heinrich Bulgaria: Kardam, Prince of Turnovo† Kyril, Prince of Preslav† Kubrat, Prince of Panagyurishte† Konstantin-Assen, Prince of Vidin† Belgium: King Philippe# Prince Laurent#

7th generation

Hereditary Prince Hubertus Prince Alexander Koháry: Prince Johannes Bulgaria: Boris, Prince of Turnovo† Prince Beltrán† Prince Tassilo† Prince Mirko† Prince Lukás† Prince Tirso† Prince Umberto† Belgium: Prince Gabriel# Prince Emmanuel# Prince Nicolas# Prince Aymeric#

8th generation

Prince Philipp

^Prince of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld until 1826 *also a prince of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
of Great Britain and Ireland #also a prince of Belgium ¶also a member of the Portuguese royal family †also a member of the Bulgarian royal family
Bulgarian royal family
1also a member of the Brazilian imperial family

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Dukes of Cornwall

Edward (1337–1376) Richard (1376–1377) Henry (1399–1413) Henry (1421–1422) Edward (1453–1471) Richard (1460; disputed) Edward (1470–1483) Edward (1483–1484) Arthur (1486–1502) Henry (1502–1509) Henry (1511) Henry (1513) Henry (1515) Edward (1537–1547) Henry Frederick (1603–1612) Charles (1612–1625) Charles (1630–1649) James (1688–1701/2) George (1714–1727) Frederick (1727–1751) George (1762–1820) Albert Edward (1841–1901) George (1901–1910) Edward (1910–1936) Charles (1952–present)

Cornwall Portal

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Dukes of Rothesay

David (1398–1402) James (1402–1406) Alexander (1430) James (1430–1437) James (1452–1460) James (1473–1488) James (1507–1508) Arthur (1509–1510) James (1512–1513) James (1540–1541) James (1566–1567) Henry Frederick (1603–1612) Charles (1612–1625) Charles James (1629) Charles (1630–1649) James (1688–1689) George (1714–1727) Frederick (1727–1751) George (1762–1820) Albert Edward (1841–1901) George (1901–1910) Edward (1910–1936) Charles (1952–present)

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Dukes of York

Edmund of Langley (1385–1402) Edward of Norwich (1402–1415) Richard Plantagenet (1415–1460) Edward of York (1460–1461) Richard of Shrewsbury (1474–1483) Henry (1494–1509) Charles (1605–1625) James (1633/1644–1685) Dukes of York and Albany (18th century) George (1892–1910) Albert (1920–1936) Andrew (1986–present)

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Grand Masters of the Order of St Michael and St George

Sir Thomas Maitland The Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge Prince George, Duke of Cambridge The Prince George, Prince of Wales Vacant The Prince Edward, Prince of Wales Alexander Cambridge, 1st Earl of Athlone Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis Prince Edward, Duke of Kent

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Heads of State of South Africa

Monarch (1910–1961)

George V Edward VIII George VI Elizabeth II

State President (1961–1994) (under Apartheid)

Charles Robberts Swart Eben Dönges Jozua François Naudé* Jacobus Johannes Fouché Johannes de Klerk* Nico Diederichs Marais Viljoen* B. J. Vorster Marais Viljoen P. W. Botha F. W. de Klerk

President (from 1994) (post-Apartheid)

Nelson Mandela Thabo Mbeki Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri* Kgalema Motlanthe Jacob Zuma Cyril Ramaphosa

*Acting President

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