George VI

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Date of Birth December 14, 1895
Place of Birth England
Date of Death Feb 6, 1952 (56)
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George VI

George VI was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death in 1952. Known as "Bertie" among his family and close friends, George VI was born in the reign of his great-grandmother Queen Victoria and was named after his great-grandfather Albert, Prince Consort. As the second son of King George V, he was not expected to inherit the throne and spent his early life in the shadow of his elder brother, Edward. 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 never fully overcame. George's elder brother ascended the throne as Edward VIII after their father died in 1936.

Predecessor: Edward VIII
Successor: Elizabeth II
Predecessor: Edward VIII
Successor: position abolished
Born: Prince Albert of York, December 14, 1895, York Cottage, Sandringham, Norfolk, England
Died: February 06, 1952, Sandringham House, Norfolk, England
Burial: 15 February 1952, St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
Issue, Detail: Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
House: Windsor (from 1917), Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (until 1917)
Father: George V
Mother: Mary of Teck

About George VI

English monarch who ruled from 1936 until 1952. During the 1930s and '40s, he served as the final emperor of British-controlled India. His oldest daughter, Elizabeth II, became Queen of England.

Before Fame

After training at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, he briefly studied at Trinity College, Cambridge.


During his reign, the British Empire dissolved into the Commonwealth of Nations; World War II began and ended; and the United States and the Soviet Union became the world's great powers.

Family Life

Born Albert Frederick Arthur George, he was the younger son of King George V and Mary of Teck. He took the throne after his brother Edward defied royal protocol by marrying an American divorcee.


His marriage to Elizabeth the Queen Mother (Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon) resulted in two daughters: Elizabeth II and Margaret.

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