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King George VI

(1895-1952), Reigned 1936-52

Sitter associated with 500 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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'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 - NPG 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

'T.R.H. Princes Edward, Henry and Albert of Wales', by W. & D. Downey, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x138942

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

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

King George VI, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x134713

King George VI

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

King George VI, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x134712

King George VI

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

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 - NPG 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

King George V with his family, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x197453

King George V with his family

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

'King Edward, Queen Alexandra & Royal Family at Home', published by J. Beagles & Co - NPG x193015

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

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

The children of King George V, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x136043

The children of King George V

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

The children of King George V, by Arthur James Hope Downey, for  W. & D. Downey - NPG x21160

The children of King George V

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

The children of King George V, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x134956

The children of King George V

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

The children of King George V, by Arthur James Hope Downey, for  W. & D. Downey - NPG x136041

The children of King George V

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

The children of King George V, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x136042

The children of King George V

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

'Four Generations', published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd, after  Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd), and  William Slade Stuart, and  Unknown photographers - NPG 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

'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 - NPG 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

'T.R.H. Prince George, Prince Albert, Princess Mary, Prince of Wales & Prince Henry', by Ernest Brooks, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG 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

King George VI, by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG Ax29307

King George VI

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

King George VI, by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG x134717

King George VI

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

King George VI, by James Charles Dinham - NPG x136878

King George VI

by James Charles Dinham
bromide print, 1911
NPG x136878

King George VI, by James Charles Dinham - NPG x136879

King George VI

by James Charles Dinham
bromide print, 1911
NPG x136879

'The Delhi Coronation Durbar, India. Arrival of their Majesties to lay Foundation Stone', by Unknown photographer - NPG 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

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