George VI was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death in 1952. He was also the last Emperor of India from 1936 until 1947, when the British Raj was dissolved. His birthday, 14 December 1895, was the 34th anniversary of the death of hisgreat-grandfather, Albert, Prince Consort. His father was Prince George, Duke of York, the second and eldest surviving son of the Prince and Princess of Wales.
About George VI in brief
George VI was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death in 1952. He was also the last Emperor of India from 1936 until 1947, when the British Raj was dissolved. The future George VI was born at York Cottage, on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, during the reign of his great-grandmother Queen Victoria. He attended naval college as a teenager and served in the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force during the First World War. In 1920, he was made Duke of York. He married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923, and they had two daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret. In the mid-1920s, he had speech therapy for a stammer, which he learned to manage to some degree. George was beset by smoking-related health problems in the later years of his reign and died of coronary thrombosis in 1952, succeeded by his daughter, Elizabeth II. His birthday, 14 December 1895, was the 34th anniversary of the death of hisgreat-grandfather, Albert, Prince Consort. The Duchess of Teck did not like the first name her grandson had been given, and she wrote prophetically that she hoped the last name may supplant the less favoured one. George’s elder brother ascended the throne as Edward VIII after their father died in 1936. Later that year, Edward abdicated to marry the American socialite Wallis Simpson, and George became the third monarch of the House of Windsor.
George became known as a symbol of British determination to win the war. Britain and its allies were victorious in 1945, but the British Empire declined. Ireland had largely broken away, followed by independence of India and Pakistan in 1947. George relinquished the title of Emperor of Indian in June 1948 and instead adopted the new title of Head of the Commonwealth. He moved up to third in line to the throne after his father and elder brother, Edward VII, succeeded as King Edward VII in 1901. Although naturally left-handed, he suffered from chronic stomach problems as well as stomach knockers. He died on 22 January 1971, aged 83. He is buried at St Mary Magdalene Church, SandringHAM, in Norfolk. His father was Prince George, Duke of. York, the second and eldest surviving son of the Prince and Princess of Wales. His mother, the Duchess of York, was. the eldest child and only daughter of Francis, Duke and Mary Adelaide, Duchess of. Teck, and her husband was Francis, Prince of. Wales. He had a son, Edward, who was born on 14 December 1909, and a daughter, Margaret, born on 11 December 1911. He went on to become the third son of King George V and the second son of Edward VIII. In 1911, he came bottom of the final class of the Royal Naval College, despite being a naval cadet, but came the bottom of class in the final examination in 1911.