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.
1901 5 Years Old Queen Victoria died on 22 January 1901, and the Prince of Wales succeeded her as King Edward VII. … Read More


1910 14 Years Old When his grandfather, 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 1 More Event
In a time when royalty were expected to marry fellow royalty, 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
1921 - 1923 2 More Events
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 King Edward VIII. … 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
In May and June 1939, the King and Queen toured Canada and the United States. … Read More
1940 44 Years Old 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. … Read More
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
1945 49 Years Old In 1945, crowds shouted "We want the King!" in front of Buckingham Palace during the Victory in Europe Day celebrations. … Read More


1947 51 Years Old In 1947, the King and his family toured Southern Africa. … Read More
1949 53 Years Old The stress of the war had taken its toll on the King's health, exacerbated by his heavy smoking and subsequent development of lung cancer among other ailments, including arteriosclerosis and thromboangiitis obliterans. 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 1 More Event
On 31 January 1952, despite advice from those close to him, the King went to London Airport to see off Princess Elizabeth, who was going on her tour of Australia via Kenya. … Read More
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