King George V(1865-1936), Reigned 1910-36
Sitter in 488 portraits
As the second son of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, George V had not expected to ascend to the throne. He enjoyed a long and successful career in the Navy before his accession in 1910. His conscientious and unpretentious approach to his duties provided stability during an unsettled period, which included the First World War and the Great Depression. In 1932, he became the first monarch to use the medium of radio to speak to the nation. He later described himself as 'a very ordinary sort of fellow'.
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by Sir William Quiller Orchardson
oil on canvas, circa 1897
by John Chancellor
albumen panel card, 1899
glossy purple brown-toned bromide print on green mount, 9 November 1902
by John Henry Frederick Bacon
oil on canvas, 1903
by Sir John Lavery
oil on board, 1933
by United Association of Photography Limited
wothlytype carte-de-visite, 1866
- Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (grandfather)
- Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale (brother)
- Queen Alexandra (mother)
- Princess Alexandra, Lady Ogilvy (granddaughter)
- Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse (aunt)
- King Edward VII (father)
- Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII) (son)
- Queen Elizabeth II (granddaughter)
- King George VI (son)
- Prince George, Duke of Kent (son)
- George Henry Hubert Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood (grandson)
- Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester (son)
- Prince John (son)
- Prince Edward George Nicholas Paul Patrick, Duke of Kent (grandson)
- Princess Louise, Duchess of Fife (sister)
- Princess Margaret (granddaughter)
- Queen Mary (wife)
- Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood (daughter)
- Maud, Queen of Norway (sister)
- Prince Michael of Kent (grandson)
- Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester (grandson)
- Queen Victoria (grandmother)
- Princess Victoria of Wales (sister)
- Prince William of Gloucester (grandson)
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