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King George VI

(1895-1952), Reigned 1936-52

Sitter associated with 509 portraits
The second son of George V and Queen Mary, he served in the navy (1909-17), and qualified as a pilot in the Royal Air Force in 1919. He was President of the Industrial Welfare Society, an area of special concern. He married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923. He became King on the abdication of his brother Edward VIII in 1936. He and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother were held in great affection by the population for the courage and sense of duty they showed during the War. Following his death in 1952, he was succeeded by his eldest daughter who became Queen Elizabeth II.

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Queen Victoria with her grandchildren, by Hughes & Mullins - NPG x6052

Queen Victoria with her grandchildren

by Hughes & Mullins
albumen panel card, 1900
NPG x6052

King George VI, by Mrs Albert Broom (Christina Livingston) - NPG x263

King George VI

by Mrs Albert Broom (Christina Livingston)
glass negative, 1900-1925
NPG x263

King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra with the children of King George V, by Frederick William Ralph, published by  London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x29773

King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra with the children of King George V

by Frederick William Ralph, published by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen cabinet card, 1901
NPG x29773

'The steps of the throne', by Robert Milne - NPG x26025

'The steps of the throne'

by Robert Milne
vintage print, published March 1901
NPG x26025

King George VI, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x134714

King George VI

by W. & D. Downey
bromide proof print, 1901
NPG x134714

King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra with the children of King George V, by Frederick William Ralph, published by  London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x197447

King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra with the children of King George V

by Frederick William Ralph, published by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen cabinet card, 1901
NPG x197447

King George VI, by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG Ax26446

King George VI

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, November 1902
NPG Ax26446

King George VI, by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG Ax29323

King George VI

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, November 1902
NPG Ax29323

Royal Family group, by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG Ax29373

Royal Family group

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, 9 November 1902
NPG Ax29373

Royal Group including King George V and four of his children, by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG Ax29382

Royal Group including King George V and four of his children

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, 9 November 1902
NPG Ax29382

King George VI, by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG Ax29324

King George VI

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, November 1902
NPG Ax29324

Royal Group including King George V and four of his children, by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG x47140

Royal Group including King George V and four of his children

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, 9 November 1902
NPG x47140

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