Windsor King: George VI

Albert Frederick Arthur George was born on the 14th December 1895 at Sandringham, to parents George V and Mary of Teck.

In World War One, he served as a young naval officer, in the “Battle of Jutland.”

On the 26th April 1923, he married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon at Westminster Abbey.  They were blessed with two daughters; Princess Elizabeth who would later become Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret.

He had never expected or wished to succeed to the throne, yet he had a strong sense of duty, and would perform his part to the best of his ability.

In the December of 1936, following the death of his father; King George V and the surprise abdication by his brother, he became King George VI of England at his coronation on the 12th May 1937, held at Westminster Abbey.

His greatest achievements came during World War Two, when he remained at Buckingham Palace in the centre of London, whilst bombs fell about them.

He and his wife Queen Elizabeth, Queen Consort, often visited bombed areas in the East End of London and other areas of England, which would gain him popularity with his people.

The King and Winston Churchill, England’s wartime Prime Minister worked well together, as Europe fell to Germany.

In 1940 King George VI instituted the George Cross and George Medal for acts of bravery by citizens.  In 1942the George Cross was awarded to Malta, in recognition of their heroism and resistance to the enemy siege.

In 1939, King George visited France and the British Expeditionary Force, North Africa in 1943 after the victory of El Alamein.  In 1944 visited the army on the beaches of Normandy, ten days after D-Day.

On the 8th May 1945, a day which will be remembered VE (Victory in Europe) Day.  The war, the King and his duty to his people had created a bond between them.

In 1947, King George and Queen Elizabeth toured South Africa along with their children.  India and Pakistan became independent and King George ceased to be Emperor of India.

Britain had overcome the hardships of the post-war years, but the strain incurred by the Second World War had taken their toll on the King.

On the 6th February 1952, King George VI died in his sleep, at Sandringham.  He laid in state at Westminster Hall.  The funeral was held at St.George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, where he is buried.

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