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  Windsor (George V), George Frederick Ernest Albert
NameGeorge Frederick Ernest Albert Windsor (George V)
AddressBuckingham Palace
, , United Kingdom
Born June 03, 1865
DiedJanuary 20, 1936 (70 years)
Last ModifedJake
Nov 29, 2004 04:05pm
InfoHis Majesty George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert Windsor, nÚ Wettin) (3 June 1865-20 January 1936) was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (from 1927, King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) and Emperor of India from 6 May 1910 until his death. He was the first British monarch of the House of Windsor.

George V
King of the United Kingdom
of Great Britain and Northern IrelandHis Royal Royal Highness Prince George Frederick Ernest Albert of Great Britain and Ireland was born at Marlborough House in London, the second son of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales and his wife, Princess Alexandra of Denmark. As a younger son of the Prince of Wales, there was no expectation that Prince George of Wales, as he was then styled, would take the throne. His elder brother, Prince Albert Victor, later Duke of Clarence and Avondale, known to the family as "Eddy," was second in line to the throne. As children, the two boys were very close and were sent away together to naval college as a way of finishing their education, but their characters were very different. Eddy was unstable -- possibly even mentally retarded -- whilst George had inherited the steady, dutiful disposition of his grandmother, Queen Victoria.

After becoming engaged to marry his second cousin, Her Serene Highness Princess Victoria Mary ("Princess May") of Teck (26 May 1867-24 March 1953), the Duke of Clarence died suddenly leaving Prince George directly in line for the throne. On 24 May 1892, Queen Victoria created Prince George Duke of York, Earl of Inverness, and Baron Killarney. He married his late brother's fiancÚe Princess May on 6 June 1893 in the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace. The Duke and Duchess of York lived mainly at York Cottage, Sandringham House, a relatively small house where their way of life was almost that of an ordinary family. However, they set very high standards for their children, of whom they had six, five boys and a girl:

HRH Prince Edward, created Prince of Wales, 1910, succeeded his father as King Edward VIII, and created HRH The Duke of Windsor after his abdication (23 June 1894-28 May 1972).
HRH Prince Albert later created Duke of York and then following the abdication of his elder brother in 1936, King George VI (14 December 1895-6 February 1952).
HRH Princess Mary, later declared Princess Royal (25 April 1897-28 March 1965).
HRH Prince Henry, later created Duke of Gloucester (31 March 1900-10 June 1974).
HRH Prince George, later created Duke of Kent (20 December 1902-25 August 1942).
HRH Prince John (12 July 1902-18 January 1919).
In the Duke and Duchess of York there was a genuine love match. Indeed the couple were so devoted that they could not bear to spend a day apart; whenever they were separate, they wrote to each other several times daily.

Following his father's accession to the throne on 22 January 1901, George, as the surviving son of the new British Sovereign, automatically became Duke of Cornwall in the peerage of England and Duke of Rothesay in the peerage of Scotland. For much of 1901, he was known as His Royal Highness The Duke of Cornwall and York. He was created Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester on 9 November 1901, titles which he held until his father's death on 6 May 1910, when he succeeded to the throne.

King George V and Queen Mary were crowned at Westminster Abbey on 22 June 1911. They were subsequently enthroned as Emperor and Empress of India at New Delhi on 11 December 1911.

As king and queen, George and Mary saw Britain through World War I, a difficult time for the royal family as they had many German relatives. Although a female-line great granddaughter of King George III, Queen Mary was the daughter of the Duke of Teck, a morganatic scion of the Royal House of WŘrttemberg. King George's paternal grandfather was Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha; the King and his children bore the titles Prince and Princess of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and Duke and Duchess of Saxony. The German Emperor Wilhelm II, who was widely despised by the British public, was the king's first cousin, "Willy." The King had brothers-in-law and cousins who were British subjects but who bore German titles such as Duke and Duchess of Teck, Prince and Princess of Battenberg, Prince and Princess of Hesse and By Rhine, and Prince and Princess of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenberg. On 20 July 1917, George V issued an Order in Council that changed the name of the British Royal House from the German-sounding House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to the House of Windsor, to appease British nationalist feelings. He specifically adopted Windsor as the surname for all descendants of Queen Victoria then living in the United Kingdom, excluding females who married into other families and their descendants. (By doing so, he resolved the issue of whether the Royal Family had the personal surname, and if so, what it might be.) Finally, he relinquished, on behalf of his various relatives who were British subjects, the use of all German titles and styles and adopt British-sounding surnames. George V compensated serveral of his male relatives by creating them British peers. Thus, overnight his cousin, Prince Louis of Battenberg, become Louis Mountbatten, 1st Marquess of Milford-Haven, while his brother-in-law, the Duke of Teck, became Adolphus Cambridge, 1st Marquess of Cambridge. Others, such as Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein and Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, simply stopped using their territorial designations. In Letter's Patent dated 30 November 1917, the King restricted the style Royal Highness and the titular dignity of Prince or Princess of Great Britain and Ireland to the children of the Sovereign, the children of the sons of the Sovereign, and the eldest living son of the eldest living son of a Prince of Wales. The Letters Patent also stated that "the titles of Royal Highness, Highness or Serene Highness, and the titular dignity of Prince and Princess shall cease except those titles already granted and remaining unrevoked." Finally, relatives of the British Royal Family who fought on the German side, such as Prince Ernst August of Hanover, 3rd Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale (the senior male-line great grandson of George III) and Prince Carl Eduard, 2nd Duke of Albany and the reigning Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (a male line grandson of Queen Victoria), were simply cut off; their British peerages suspended by a 1919 Order in Council under the provisions of the 1917 Title Deprivation Act.

Following the war, George's health began to deteriorate. He had always had a weak chest, and this weakness was exacerbated by his heavy smoking. But he managed to see the silver jubilee of his reign, in 1935, by which time he had become a well-loved king. He died on 20 January 1936, at Sandringham House and is buried at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. He was succeeded by his eldest son, who became King Edward VIII.

King George also reigned as king in many states, including the Irish Free State, becoming 'King of Ireland' under the Royal Titles Act. An astute judge of people, he once advised Ireland's High Commissioner in London to send a personal message from him to Eamon de Valera: "Don't make so many promises. They are so damned difficult to carry out." "Too true", de Valera is supposed to have remarked with a laugh. "I could do with someone like His Majesty in my cabinet!"

George was a well-known stamp collector, and played a large role in building the Royal Philatelic Collection into the most comprehensive assemblage of United Kingdom and Commonwealth stamps in the world, in some cases setting record purchase prices for items. His enthusiasm for stamps, though denigrated by the intelligentsia, did much to popularize the hobby.

[1] King George V's original surname may have been Wettin and the Royal House name was Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. In 1917, both the dynastic name and personal surname were changed to Windsor due to their German origins (because the UK was at war with Germany). The actual surname that may have borne by Ernestine branch of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha is not clear.


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Wife Mary (Victoria Mary Augusta Louise Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes) Windsor (Queen Mary) Jul 06, 1893-Jan 20, 1936
Son Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David Windsor (Edward VIII) 1894-1972
Son Albert Frederick Arthur George Windsor (George VI) 1895-1952
Granddaughter Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor (Elizabeth II) 1926-
Granddaughter Margaret Rose Windsor 1930-2002
Father Albert Edward Wettin of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (Edward VII) 1841-1910
Grandfather Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (Prince Albert) 1819-1861
Great-Grandfather Ernst Anton Karl Ludwig Herzog Wettin 1784-1844
Grand Uncle Ernest Augustus Charles John Leopold Alexander Edward Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (Ernest II) 1818-1893
Aunt Victoria Adelaide Mary Louise Saxe-Coburg-Gotha 1840-1901
1st Cousin Kaiser Friedrich Wilhelm (Emperor William II) 1859-1941
1st Cousin Sophie Dorothea Ulrike Alice Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Gl├╝cksburg 1870-1932
Aunt Alice Maud Mary of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha 1843-1878
1st Cousin Victoria Alberta Elisabeth Mathilde Marie of Hesse and by the Rhine 1863-1950
1st Cousin Victoria Alix Helena Louise Beatrice of Romanov (Empress Alexandra) 1872-1918
Uncle Alfred Saxe-Coburg-Gotha 1844-1900
1st Cousin Marie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (Queen Marie) 1875-1938
Uncle Arthur William Patrick Albert Saxe-Coburg-Gotha 1850-1942
1st Cousin Margaret Victoria Charlotte Augusta Norah Saxe-Coburg-Gotha 1882-1920
Uncle Leopold George Duncan Albert Saxe-Coburg-Gotha 1853-1884
1st Cousin Leopold Charles Edward George Albert Saxe-Coburg-Gotha 1884-1954
Aunt Beatrice Saxe-Coburg-Gotha 1857-1944
1st Cousin Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg 1887-1969
Grandmother Alexandrina Victoria Wettin of Hanover (Victoria) 1819-1901
Great-Grandfather Edward Augustus of Hanover 1767-1820
Great-Grandmother Marie Luise Victoria Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld 1786-1861
Grand Aunt Anna Feodora Auguste Charlotte Wilhelmine Leningen 1807-1872
1st Cousin Once Removed Adelheid Hohenlohe-Langenburg 1835-1900
2nd Cousin Auguste Victoria Friederike Luise Feodora Jenny von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg 1858-1921
Sister Maud Charlotte Mary Victoria of Gl├╝cksburg 1869-1938
Nephew Alexander Edward Christian Frederik (Olav V) 1903-1991
Mother Alexandra Caroline Marie Charlotte Louise Julia Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (Queen Alexandra) 1844-1925
Grandfather Christian (Christian IX) 1818-1906
Uncle Frederik (Frederik VIII) 1843-1912
1st Cousin Christian Carl Frederik Albert Alexander Vilhelm (Christian X) 1870-1947
1st Cousin Christian Frederik Carl Georg Valdemar Axel (Haakon VII) 1872-1957
1st Cousin Ingeborg Charlotte Caroline Frederikke Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Gl├╝cksburg 1878-1958
Uncle George Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Gl├╝cksburg (George I) 1845-1913
1st Cousin Constantine Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Gl├╝cksburg (Constantine I) 1868-1923
1st Cousin Andrew Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Gl├╝cksburg 1882-1944
Aunt Maria Feodorovna of Romanov 1847-1928
1st Cousin Nicholas Romanov (Nicholas II) 1868-1918
1st Cousin Michael Alexandrovich of Romanov (Michael II) 1878-1918
1st Cousin Olga Alexandrovna Romanov 1882-1960
Aunt Thyra Amelie Caroline Charlotte Anne Hanover 1853-1933
1st Cousin Ernest Augustus Christian George Hanover 1887-1953
Uncle Valdemar Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Gl├╝cksburg 1858-1939
1st Cousin Margaret of Bourbon-Parma 1895-1992
Grandmother Louise Wilhelmine Frederikke Caroline Auguste Julie Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg 1817-1898
Father In-Law Mary Adelaide Wilhelmina Elizabeth Wurttemberg 1833-1897

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