George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George; 14 December 1895 – 6 February 1952) was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death in 1952. He was concurrently the last Emperor of India until August 1947, when the British Raj was dissolved.
Aug 26, 2020 · Her Majesty’s father, George VI, died suddenly in his sleep on 6 February 1952. It was a moment that shocked the nation – cinemas, sports grounds and theatres were closed, television programmes were not broadcast, and even Parliament was adjourned as a mark of respect.
The Sebastopol bell, a Crimean War trophy at Windsor Castle that is rung only upon a royal death, was tolled 56 times, once for each year of George VI's life, between 1.27 and 2.22 pm. Royal funerals are overseen by the Earl Marshal , a hereditary post held at the time by Bernard Fitzalan-Howard, 16th Duke of Norfolk .
- Later years
- Early life and family
King George VI, the second son of King George V, ascended to the throne in 1936 after his older brother, King Edward VIII, voluntarily abdicated to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. During World War II, George worked to rally the spirits of the British people by touring war zones, making a series of morale-boosting radio broadcasts (for which he overcame a speech impediment) and shunning the safety of the countryside to remain with his wife in bomb-damaged Buckingham Palace. The king's health deteriorated in 1949, but he continued to perform state duties until his death in 1952.
Queen Elizabeth, born on April 21, 1926, and known to her family as Lilibet, was groomed as a girl to succeed her father. She married a distant cousin, Philip Mountbatten, on November 20, 1947, at Londons Westminster Abbey. The first of Elizabeths four children, Prince Charles, was born in 1948.
From the start of her reign, Elizabeth understood the value of public relations and allowed her 1953 coronation to be televised, despite objections from Prime Minister Winston Churchill and others who felt it would cheapen the ceremony. Elizabeth, the 40th British monarch since William the Conqueror, has worked hard at her royal duties and become a popular figure around the world. In 2003, she celebrated 50 years on the throne, only the fifth British monarch to do so.
The queens reign, however, has not been without controversy. She was seen as cold and out-of-touch following the 1996 divorce of her son, Prince Charles, and Princess Diana, and again after Dianas 1997 death in a car crash. Additionally, the role in modern times of the monarchy, which is largely ceremonial, has come into question as British taxpayers have complained about covering the royal familys travel expenses and palace upkeep. Still, the royals are effective world ambassadors for Britain and a huge tourism draw. Today, the queen, an avid horsewoman and Corgi dog lover, is one of the worlds wealthiest women, with extensive real-estate holdings and art and jewelry collections.
1952: King George VI dies in his sleep His Majesty, King George VI, has died peacefully in his sleep at Sandringham House. The official announcement from Sandringham, given at 1045 GMT, said the...
- Family and Early Life. King George VI was born Albert Frederick Arthur George Saxe-Coburg-Gotha on December 14, 1895, in Norfolk, England. Though formally known as "His Highness Prince Albert of York," within the family the future king was called "Bertie," and, as a young man, "Albert."
- Military Service and Education. In 1909, Prince Albert graduated from the Royal Naval Academy at Osborne, finishing at the bottom of his class in the final exam.
- George VI’s Wife and Kids. Around 1920 Prince Albert became reacquainted with Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, whom he had met as a child through their families' close relationship.
- Why Did King George Get the Throne? King George VI’s father, King George V, had reservations about his first son, Prince Edward (Duke of Windsor), taking the throne.
Nov 09, 2016 · The King was found dead in bed at Sandringham House in Norfolk, on the morning of Feb. 6. He had died from a coronary thrombosis — a blocking of blood flow to the heart as a result of a blood clot...
- Kate Samuelson
Feb 06, 2002 · Though his health had been failing for some time, King George VI's death on 6 February 1952 came as a shock to many - including the new Queen on tour in Africa - as the news filtered out. • 0000...
Feb 14, 2020 · On February, 6, 1952, the day George VI died at Sandringham House, Elizabeth wasn't by her father's side — instead, she was working on his behalf. At the time, the British monarchy was under...
Oct 28, 2019 · King George VI died at the age of 56 in 1952 while his youngest daughter Princess Margaret was aged only 23. In the years following the King’s passing, Margaret’s life drew significant comparisons...
- Katie Sewell