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George VI


Born Albert Frederick Arthur George Windsor on the 14 December 1895 at York Cottage, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, the son of King George V and Mary of Teck (Queen Mary). Married to Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother), on the 26 April 1923 at Westminster Abbey, London. Their children are Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Windsor (Princess Margaret).

His coronation was on the 12th of May 1937 at Westminster Abbey, London.

King George was styled as "By the Grace of God, of Great Britain and Ireland and the British Dominions Beyond the Seas, King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India". As a sub-lieutenant, George participated in the Battle of Jutland in May 1916. When George came to the throne he worked with a speech coach to help him overcome his stammer. When Indian independence was granted in 1947, George relinquished the title "Emperor of India", making him the last British monarch to be styled thus.

King George VI died on the 6th February 1952 at Sandringham, Norfolk, England of cancer. He was 56 years old. A card was attatched to the wreath the British government sent to George's funeral, on which Sir Winston Churchill wrote the same words as those inscribed on the Victoria Cross, "For Valour".

Titles Knight of the Garter
Baron Killarney (1920 created title)
Earl of Inverness (1920 created title)
Duke of York (1920 created title)
King of Great Britain(1936-1952)
Emperor of India (1936-1947)

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