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George V
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George V

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George V was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910 through the First World War until his death. George was a grandson of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and the first cousin of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. From 1877 to 1891, he served in the Royal Navy. On the death of Victoria in 1901, George's father became King Edward VII, and George was made Prince of Wales.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of George V.

CHILDHOOD

He was baptised at Windsor Castle on 7 July 1865 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Charles Longley. … Read More

TEENAGE

1877 12 Years Old As their father thought that the navy was "the very best possible training for any boy", in September 1877, when George was 12 years old, both brothers joined the cadet training ship HMS Britannia at Dartmouth, Devon. … Read More
1881 16 Years Old In 1881 on a visit to Japan, George had a local artist tattoo a blue and red dragon on his arm, and was received in an audience by the Emperor Meiji; George and his brother presented Empress Haruko with two wallabies from Australia. … Read More

TWENTIES

1891 26 Years Old 1 More Event
During his naval career he commanded Torpedo Boat 79 in home waters then on the North America station, before his last active service in command of HMS Melampus in 1891–92. … Read More
1892 27 Years Old 1 More Event
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. … Read More
1893 28 Years Old 1 More Event
She married Ferdinand, the heir to the King of Romania, in 1893.

THIRTIES

As Duke and Duchess of York, George and May carried out a wide variety of public duties. On the death of Queen Victoria on 22 January 1901, George's father ascended the throne as King Edward VII. … Read More

FORTIES

1905 - 1910 2 More Events
1911 46 Years Old 1 More Event
…  The Parliament Act 1911 established the supremacy of the elected British House of Commons over the unelected House of Lords. … Read More
1913 48 Years Old On 18 December 1913, he shot over a thousand pheasants in six hours at the home of Lord Burnham, although even he had to acknowledge that "we went a little too far" that day. … Read More
1914 49 Years Old 1 More Event
…  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. … Read More

FIFTIES

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 to the House of Windsor. … Read More
1918 - 1921 2 More Events
1922 57 Years Old By the end of 1922, Ireland was partitioned, the Irish Free State was established, and Lloyd George was out of office. … Read More
1924 59 Years Old 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. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1926 61 Years Old In 1926, George hosted an Imperial Conference in London at which the Balfour Declaration accepted the growth of the British Dominions into self-governing "autonomous Communities within the British Empire, equal in status, in no way subordinate one to another".
1931 66 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1931, the Statute of Westminster formalised George's position as "the symbol of the free association of the members of the British Commonwealth of Nations". … Read More
1932 67 Years Old In 1932, George agreed to deliver a Royal Christmas speech on the radio, an event that became annual thereafter. … Read More
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." … Read More
1936 71 Years Old 1 More Event
…  George V was interred at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, on 28 January 1936. … Read More
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