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King George V (1865-1936), Reigned 1910-36

Sitter in 373 portraits
As the second son of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, George V had not expected to become king. He had enjoyed a long and successful career in the Navy before his accession in 1910. His conscientious and unpretentious approach to his duties as king provided stability during an unsettled period, which included the First World War and the Great Depression. He was the first monarch to use the medium of radio to speak to the nation.

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x31816

King George V

by Vandyk
glass negative, 12 May 1908
NPG x31816

x45955

Group including King Edward VII

by William Booty
bromide print, 26 May 1909
NPG x45955

x197276

'Our Beloved King & Queen and the Cripple Lad' (including Queen Mary and King George V)

by Unknown photographer, for Daily Mirror, published by J. Beagles & Co
postcard print, 1910s
NPG x197276

x197673

'Defenders of Our Empire'

published by James Valentine & Sons Ltd, after Swaine, and Langfier Ltd, and Alexander Bassano, and Sport & General Press Agency Ltd, and James Russell & Sons
postcard print, 1911 or after
NPG x197673

x32361

King George V

by James Russell & Sons
bromide print, 1913
NPG x32361

x138142

Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia; King George V

by Ernst Sandau
vintage print, 1913
NPG x138142

x193603

'Men who are making History'

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
postcard print, circa 1914
NPG x193603

x28259

Queen Mary; King George V

by W. & D. Downey
postcard print, circa 1918
NPG x28259

x20797

King George V

by Vandyk
bromide print, 9 September 1919
NPG x20797

x32196

King George V

by Vandyk
glass negative, 9 September 1919
NPG x32196

x32310

King George V

by Vandyk
glass negative, 9 September 1919
NPG x32310

x32311

King George V

by Vandyk
glass negative, 9 September 1919
NPG x32311

x32335

King George V

by Vandyk
glass negative, 9 September 1919
NPG x32335