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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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x96106

King George V

by Alexander Bassano
quarter-plate glass negative, 1875
NPG x96106

x136767

Alexandra of Denmark with her children

by James Russell & Sons
albumen print, August 1876
NPG x136767

x1510

King George V when Prince George of Wales

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, December 1877
NPG x1510

x20134

Alexandra of Denmark and her children

by W. & D. Downey
albumen cabinet card, 1879
NPG x20134

x3766

King Edward VII and his family

by James Russell & Sons
albumen cabinet card, September 1880
NPG x3766

x32163

King Edward VII and his family

by James Russell & Sons
albumen cabinet card, September 1884
NPG x32163

x134616

King Edward VII and his family

after James Russell & Sons
albumen carte-de-visite, (September 1884)
NPG x134616

x197449

King George V; Queen Alexandra; Princess Victoria of Wales

by Frederick William Ralph
albumen cabinet card, late 1880s
NPG x197449

x197451

Three eldest children of King Edward VII

by W. & D. Downey
albumen cabinet card, late 1880s
NPG x197451

x197445

King George V; Princess Victoria of Wales

by Frederick William Ralph
albumen cabinet card, 1888
NPG x197445

x197446

King Edward VII with his family

by Frederick William Ralph
albumen cabinet card, 1888
NPG x197446

x3804

King Edward VII and his family

by Byrne & Co
albumen cabinet card, 1889
NPG x3804

x131621

Royal family group

by Frederick William Ralph
glass black and white lantern slide, 1889
NPG x131621

x197452

Royal family group

by Frederick William Ralph
albumen cabinet card, 1889
NPG x197452

Ax29384

King George V

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, 1890s
NPG Ax29384

Ax36385

King George V

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, 1890s
NPG Ax36385

x13204

King George V when Prince George of Wales

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1890
NPG x13204