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King George VI (1895-1952), Reigned 1936-52

Sitter associated with 454 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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x6052

Queen Victoria with her grandchildren

by Hughes & Mullins
albumen panel card, 1900
NPG x6052

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

x26025

'The steps of the throne'

by Robert Milne
vintage print, published March 1901
NPG x26025

x134714

King George VI

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

Ax26446

King George VI

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

Ax29323

King George VI

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

Ax29373

Royal Family group

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

Ax29382

Royal Group including King George V and four of his children

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

x47140

Royal Group including King George V and four of his children

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

x197232

'From the cares of Empire to the joys of home - Edward VII and his grandchildren, Balmoral Castle'

by James Edward Ellam, published by Underwood & Underwood
albumen stereoscopic card, autumn 1902
NPG x197232

x138942

'T.R.H. Princes Edward, Henry and Albert of Wales'

by W. & D. Downey, published by J. Beagles & Co
vintage bromide postcard print, mid 1900s
NPG x138942

x134713

King George VI

by W. & D. Downey
bromide proof print, 1904
NPG x134713

x134712

King George VI

by W. & D. Downey
bromide proof print, circa 1905
NPG x134712

x136043

The children of King George V

by W. & D. Downey
vintage print, circa 1909
NPG x136043

x21160

The children of King George V

by Arthur James Hope Downey, for W. & D. Downey
platinum print, 1910
NPG x21160