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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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'H.R.H. Prince Albert', by Ernest Brooks, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x193191

'H.R.H. Prince Albert'

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

King George VI, by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders) - NPG x71198

King George VI

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

King George VI, by Speaight Ltd - NPG x134718

King George VI

by Speaight Ltd
bromide proof print, 1918
NPG x134718

King George VI, by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy) - NPG x7181

King George VI

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
whole-plate autochrome, 1919
NPG x7181

King George VI, by H.R. Wicks, for  Bassano Ltd - NPG x135383

King George VI

by H.R. Wicks, for Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 15 August 1919
NPG x135383

King George VI, by H.R. Wicks, for  Bassano Ltd - NPG x122831

King George VI

by H.R. Wicks, for Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 15 August 1919
NPG x122831

King George VI, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x122832

King George VI

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 15 August 1919
NPG x122832

King George VI, by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG Ax29309

King George VI

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, 1920s
NPG Ax29309

King George VI, by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy) - NPG x29782

King George VI

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
platinum print on photographer's card mount, 1920
NPG x29782

King George VI, by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy) - NPG x29783

King George VI

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
bromide print on photographer's card mount, 1920
NPG x29783

King George VI, by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy) - NPG x29784

King George VI

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
bromide print on photographer's card mount, 1920
NPG x29784

King George VI, by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy) - NPG x29785

King George VI

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
bromide print on photographer's card mount, 1920
NPG x29785

King George VI, by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy) - NPG x29787

King George VI

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
bromide print on photographer's card mount, 1920
NPG x29787

King George VI, by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy) - NPG x29788

King George VI

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
bromide print on photographer's card mount, 1920
NPG x29788

King George VI, by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy) - NPG x29789

King George VI

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
bromide print on photographer's card mount, 1920
NPG x29789

'The Three Royal Princes', published by The Photochrom Co Ltd - NPG x137843

'The Three Royal Princes'

published by The Photochrom Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, circa 1920
NPG x137843

King George VI, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x162958

King George VI

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1921
NPG x162958

King George VI, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x124444

King George VI

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, April 1923
NPG x124444

King George VI, by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG Ax29312

King George VI

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
bromide print, circa 1923
NPG Ax29312

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