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King George VI

(1895-1952), Reigned 1936-52

Sitter associated with 562 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 and 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

'H.R.H. Prince of Wales & Children', by Lafayette, published by  Birn Brothers - NPG x196934

'H.R.H. Prince of Wales & Children'

by Lafayette, published by Birn Brothers
bromide postcard print, circa 1902 (9 November 1902)
NPG x196934

'H.R.H. Prince of Wales & Children', by Lafayette, published by  The Philco Publishing Co - NPG x196935

'H.R.H. Prince of Wales & Children'

by Lafayette, published by The Philco Publishing Co
bromide postcard print, circa 1902 (9 November 1902)
NPG x196935

'T.R.H. Albert, Mary, Edward & Henry of Wales', published by J. Beagles & Co, after  Lafayette - NPG x196936

'T.R.H. Albert, Mary, Edward & Henry of Wales'

published by J. Beagles & Co, after Lafayette
bromide postcard print, circa 1902 (9 November 1902)
NPG x196936

'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

'T.R.H. The Prince & Princess of Wales & Family', by Edgar Wilkinson, for  Wilkinson & Co, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x196442

'T.R.H. The Prince & Princess of Wales & Family'

by Edgar Wilkinson, for Wilkinson & Co, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1903
NPG x196442

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

King George VI

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

'H.R.H. Prince of Wales' Sons on Horseback', by Lafayette, published by  Birn Brothers - NPG x193244

'H.R.H. Prince of Wales' Sons on Horseback'

by Lafayette, published by Birn Brothers
bromide postcard print, circa 1904
NPG x193244

King George VI; Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII) and an unknown man, by Lafayette, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x193245

King George VI; Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII) and an unknown man

by Lafayette, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, circa 1904
NPG x193245

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, and  William Slade Stuart, and  Unknown photographers - NPG x136653

'Four Generations'

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd, after Lafayette, and William Slade Stuart, and Unknown photographers
bromide postcard print, published 1910s
NPG x136653

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