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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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Royal family group, by Frederick Ralph - NPG x131621

Royal family group

by Frederick Ralph
glass lantern slide, 1889
NPG x131621

Royal family group, by Frederick Ralph - NPG x197452

Royal family group

by Frederick Ralph
albumen cabinet card, 1889
NPG x197452

King George V when Prince George of Wales, by W. & D. Downey, published by  Cassell & Company, Ltd - NPG Ax14723

King George V when Prince George of Wales

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1890
NPG Ax14723

King George V, by Lafayette - NPG Ax29384

King George V

by Lafayette
bromide print, 1890s
NPG Ax29384

King George V when Prince George of Wales, by W. & D. Downey, published by  Cassell & Company, Ltd - NPG x13204

King George V when Prince George of Wales

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1890
NPG x13204

King George V, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x32360

King George V

by W. & D. Downey
albumen cabinet card, 1891
NPG x32360

King George V, by Lafayette - NPG Ax26425

King George V

by Lafayette
bromide print, 1891
NPG Ax26425

King George V, by James Russell & Sons - NPG x31099

King George V

by James Russell & Sons
carbon print, published 2 January 1892
NPG x31099

King George V, by James Russell & Sons - NPG x3806

King George V

by James Russell & Sons
albumen cabinet card, 1892
NPG x3806

Maud, Queen of Norway; King George V, by Frederick William Ralph - NPG x197450

Maud, Queen of Norway; King George V

by Frederick William Ralph
albumen cabinet card, 1892
NPG x197450

The Duke and Duchess of York with their bridesmaids, by Lafayette - NPG Ax26482

The Duke and Duchess of York with their bridesmaids

by Lafayette
bromide proof print, 6 July 1893
NPG Ax26482

'The Duke and Duchess of York and Bridesmaids', by W. & D. Downey, published by  Cassell & Company, Ltd - NPG Ax16180

'The Duke and Duchess of York and Bridesmaids'

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, 6 July 1893, published 1893
NPG Ax16180

Queen Mary; King George V, by Lafayette - NPG Ax26483

Queen Mary; King George V

by Lafayette
bromide print, 6 July 1893
NPG Ax26483

King George V; Queen Mary, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x20792

King George V; Queen Mary

by W. & D. Downey
bromide print, 6 July 1893
NPG x20792

'The Duke and Duchess of York and Bridesmaids', by W. & D. Downey - NPG x87212

'The Duke and Duchess of York and Bridesmaids'

by W. & D. Downey
carbon print, 6 July 1893
NPG x87212

King George V, by Walery - NPG x197328

King George V

by Walery
carbon print, 1893, published 1894
NPG x197328

The Duke and Duchess of York with their bridesmaids, by Lafayette - NPG x197485

The Duke and Duchess of York with their bridesmaids

by Lafayette
albumen cabinet card, 6 July 1893
NPG x197485

Queen Alexandra with her family, by Unknown photographer - NPG x193272

Queen Alexandra with her family

by Unknown photographer
bromide postcard print, 1893-1898
NPG x193272

Queen Mary; King George V, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x196472

Queen Mary; King George V

by W. & D. Downey
bromide postcard print, published circa 1935 (6 July 1893)
NPG x196472

King Edward VII and his family, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x129603

King Edward VII and his family

by W. & D. Downey
albumen cabinet card, circa 1895
NPG x129603

King George V, by John Thomson - NPG Ax5557

King George V

by John Thomson
albumen cabinet card, 1896?
NPG Ax5557

King George V, by Robert Johnson - NPG x20000

King George V

by Robert Johnson
coloured bromide print, circa 1897
NPG x20000

King George V, by Lafayette - NPG Ax26431

King George V

by Lafayette
bromide print, 1897
NPG Ax26431

King George V, by Lafayette - NPG Ax29376

King George V

by Lafayette
bromide print, 1897
NPG Ax29376

King George V, by Lafayette - NPG Ax29377

King George V

by Lafayette
bromide print, 1897
NPG Ax29377

King George V, by Lafayette - NPG Ax36385

King George V

by Lafayette
bromide print, 1897
NPG Ax36385

Queen Mary; King George V, by James Charles Dinham - NPG x136890

Queen Mary; King George V

by James Charles Dinham
bromide print, 1897
NPG x136890

King George V, after Lafayette - NPG x196915

King George V

after Lafayette
bromide postcard print, 1910s (1897)
NPG x196915

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