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

Sitter associated with 496 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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x134712

King George VI

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

x197336

King George V; Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII); King George VI; King Edward VII

by Queen Alexandra, published by A.V.N. Jones & Co
halftone postcard print, August 1905, published circa 1908
NPG x197336

x197453

King George V with his family

by W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 1906
NPG x197453

x193015

'King Edward, Queen Alexandra & Royal Family at Home'

published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, circa 1906
NPG x193015

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

x134956

The children of King George V

by W. & D. Downey
bromide print, published 1910
NPG x134956

x136041

The children of King George V

by Arthur James Hope Downey, for W. & D. Downey
platinum print, 1910
NPG x136041

x136042

The children of King George V

by W. & D. Downey
bromide postcard print, 1910
NPG x136042

x136653

'Four Generations'

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd, after Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd), and William Slade Stuart, and Unknown photographers
bromide postcard print, published 1910s
NPG x136653

x138856

'Four Generations'

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd, after James Charles Dinham, and Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd), and Langfier Ltd, and William Slade Stuart, and Unknown photographer
bromide postcard print, published 1910s
NPG x138856

x193185

'T.R.H. Prince George, Prince Albert, Princess Mary, Prince of Wales & Prince Henry'

by Ernest Brooks, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, circa 1910
NPG x193185

Ax29307

King George VI

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, circa 1911
NPG Ax29307

x134717

King George VI

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide proof print, circa 1911
NPG x134717

x136878

King George VI

by James Charles Dinham
bromide print, 1911
NPG x136878

x136879

King George VI

by James Charles Dinham
bromide print, 1911
NPG x136879

x197234

'The Delhi Coronation Durbar, India. Arrival of their Majesties to lay Foundation Stone'

by Unknown photographer
albumen stereoscopic card, 12-15 December 1911
NPG x197234

x193191

'H.R.H. Prince Albert'

by Ernest Brooks, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, circa 1911
NPG x193191

x71198

King George VI

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
half-plate negative
NPG x71198

x134718

King George VI

by Speaight Ltd
bromide proof print, 1918
NPG x134718

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