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George VI

George VI

Born Dec 14, 1896

George VI was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death. He was the last Emperor of India, and the first Head of the Commonwealth. As the second son of King George V, he was not expected to inherit the throne and spent his early life in the shadow of his elder brother, Edward.… Read More

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1895 Birth Born on December 14, 1895.


1910 14 Years Old When Edward VII died in 1910, Albert's father became King George V. Prince Edward was created Prince of Wales, and Albert was second in line to the throne. … Read More
1913 17 Years Old He was rated as a midshipman aboard on 15 September 1913, and spent three months in the Mediterranean. … Read More


1917 21 Years Old He did not see further combat, largely because of ill health caused by a duodenal ulcer, for which he had an operation in November 1917.
In February 1918, he was appointed Officer in Charge of Boys at the Royal Naval Air Service's training establishment at Cranwell. … Read More
1920 24 Years Old On 4 June 1920, he was created Duke of York, Earl of Inverness and Baron Killarney. … Read More
1921 25 Years Old 1 More Event
His series of annual summer camps for boys between 1921 and 1939 brought together boys from different social backgrounds. In a time when royals were expected to marry fellow royals, it was unusual that Albert had a great deal of freedom in choosing a prospective wife. An infatuation with the already-married Australian socialite Sheila, Lady Loughborough, came to an end in April 1920 when the King, with the promise of the dukedom of York, persuaded Albert to stop seeing her. … Read More
1923 27 Years Old …  He married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923 and they had two daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret. … Read More
1925 29 Years Old Because of his stammer, Albert dreaded public speaking. After his closing speech at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley on 31 October 1925, one which was an ordeal for both him and his listeners, he began to see Lionel Logue, an Australian-born speech therapist. … Read More


1927 31 Years Old With his delivery improved, the Duke opened the new Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, during a tour of the empire in 1927. … Read More


King George V had severe reservations about Prince Edward, saying, "I pray God that my eldest son will never marry and that nothing will come between Bertie and Lilibet and the throne." On 20 January 1936, George V died and Edward ascended the throne as Edward VIII. … Read More
1937 41 Years Old George VI's coronation took place on 12 May 1937, the date previously intended for Edward's coronation. … Read More
1938 42 Years Old The growing likelihood of war in Europe dominated the early reign of George VI. The King was constitutionally bound to support Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's appeasement of Hitler. However, when the King and Queen greeted Chamberlain on his return from negotiating the Munich Agreement in 1938, they invited him to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with them. … Read More
1939 43 Years Old …  They visited the 1939 New York World's Fair and stayed with President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House and at his private estate at Hyde Park, New York. … Read More
1940 44 Years Old 1 More Event
The first German raid on London, on 7 September 1940, killed about one thousand civilians, mostly in the East End. … Read More
1942 46 Years Old In August 1942, the King's brother, Prince George, Duke of Kent, was killed on active service.
1944 48 Years Old At a social function in 1944, Chief of the Imperial General Staff Sir Alan Brooke, revealed that every time he met Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery he thought he was after his job. … Read More


1946 - 1947 2 More Events
1949 53 Years Old A planned tour of Australia and New Zealand was postponed after the King suffered an arterial blockage in his right leg, which threatened the loss of the leg and was treated with a right lumbar sympathectomy in March 1949. … Read More
1951 55 Years Old 1 More Event
The King was well enough to open the Festival of Britain in May 1951, but on 23 September 1951, his left lung was removed by Clement Price Thomas after a malignant tumour was found. … Read More
1952 56 Years Old Died on February 6, 1952.
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