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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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King George V

by Unknown photographer
bromide print
NPG x1446

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Queen Mary; King George V

by Percy Lewis Pocock, for W. & D. Downey
bromide print
NPG x1578

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King George V

by Percy Lewis Pocock, for W. & D. Downey
bromide print
NPG x1582

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King George V

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
bromide print
NPG x32362

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King George V

by W. & D. Downey
carbon print
NPG x87209

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King George V

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative
NPG x82088

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King George V

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative
NPG x82089

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King George V

by Press Portrait Bureau, issued by Carreras Tobacco Company
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1935
NPG D49293

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