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

Sitter in 370 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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x29058

King George V

by Vandyk
glass negative, 1935
NPG x29058

x82128

King George V

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, 1942
NPG x82128

x175941

King George V

copied by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 6 March 1964
NPG x175941

Ax27747

King George V

by Unknown photographer
albumen print
NPG Ax27747

x1446

King George V

by Unknown photographer
bromide print
NPG x1446

x1578

Queen Mary; King George V

by Percy Lewis Pocock, for W. & D. Downey
bromide print
NPG x1578

D31865

King Edward VII; Queen Alexandra; Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale; King George V

by Francis Holl, after Lowes Cato Dickinson
engraving, late 19th century
On display in the Bedroom at Bodelwyddan Castle
NPG D31865

D34020

King George V

published by Illustrated London News, after Sir Oswald Birley
colour photogravure, published 6 July 1929 (1928)
NPG D34020

D36110

Silver Jubilee medal of King George V; Queen Mary

by Percy Metcalfe
silver medal, 1935
NPG D36110