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George V

George Frederick Ernest Albert (1865-1936) reigned as George V between May 6, 1910 and January 20, 1936.

Grandfather of Queen Elizabeth II, King George V had several official titles. Between the start of his reign, and into 1927, those titles were:

  • By the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas King, Defender of the Faith
  • Emperor of India

During 1927, his first title changed to:

  • By the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas King, Defender of the Faith

It was George V who decided, in 1917, to change the name of his family from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor. It was during World War I, and he wanted to remove all German references and titles from the British royal family.

This image (from the George Grantham Bain Collection at the Library of Congress) depicts a photo, by Bain News Service, of George V as he appeared in 1923.

When George V died, he was initially succeeded by his son David (who became Edward III). However, that short-lived King abdicated (before his coronation) to marry Wallis Simpson (a twice-divorced American). Thereafter, he was known as the Duke of Windsor.

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Media Credits

Image online, courtesy Library of Congress.

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