Information about King George V of the United Kingdom

King George V of the United Kingdom (3 June 1865 - 20 January 1936)

George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert; 3 June 1865 - 20 January 1936) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910 until his death in 1936.

He was the second son of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), and the grandson of the reigning British monarch, Queen Victoria. From the time of his birth, he was third in the line of succession behind his father and his elder brother, Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale. From 1877 to 1891, George served in the Royal Navy, until the unexpected death of his elder brother in early 1892 put him directly in line for the throne. On the death of his grandmother in 1901, George's father became King-Emperor of the British Empire, and George was made Prince of Wales. He succeeded his father in 1910. He was the only Emperor of India to be present at his own Delhi Durbar.

As a result of the First World War (1914-18), the empires of his first cousins Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany fell while the British Empire expanded to its greatest effective extent. In 1917, George became the first monarch of the House of Windsor, which he renamed from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha as a result of anti-German public sentiment. His reign saw the rise of socialism, communism, fascism, Irish republicanism, and the Indian independence movement, all of which radically changed the political landscape. The Parliament Act 1911 established the supremacy of the elected British House of Commons over the unelected House of Lords. In 1924 he appointed the first Labour ministry and in 1931 the Statute of Westminster recognised the dominions of the Empire as separate, independent states within the Commonwealth of Nations. He was plagued by illness throughout much of his later reign and at his death was succeeded by his eldest son, Edward VIII.

King George V of the United Kingdom reigned in...
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King George V Flag of East Africa Protectorate East Africa Protectorate 1 July 1895 23 July 1920
King George V Flag of Australia Australia 6 May 1910 20 January 1936 139
King George V Flag of Bahamas, British Crown Colony Bahamas, British Crown Colony 6 May 1910 20 January 1936
King George V Flag of British Honduras British Honduras 6 May 1910 20 January 1936 23
King George V Flag of British West Africa British West Africa 6 May 1910 20 January 1936 127
King George V Flag of Canada Canada 6 May 1910 20 January 1936
King George V Flag of Ceylon, British Ceylon, British 6 May 1910 20 January 1936
King George V Flag of Cyprus, British Cyprus, British 6 May 1910 20 January 1936
King George V Flag of Fiji Fiji 6 May 1910 20 January 1936 13
King George V Flag of Gibraltar Gibraltar 6 May 1910 20 January 1936
King George V Flag of Hong Kong, British Hong Kong, British 6 May 1910 20 January 1936
George V, Emperor of India Flag of India, Empire of (British Raj) India, Empire of (British Raj) 6 May 1910 20 January 1936
King George V, Lord of Mann Flag of Isle of Man Isle of Man 6 May 1910 20 January 1936
King George V Flag of Newfoundland Newfoundland 6 May 1910 20 January 1936
King George V Flag of New Zealand New Zealand 6 May 1910 20 January 1936 19
King George V Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom 6 May 1910 20 January 1936 327
King George V Flag of South Africa South Africa 31 May 1910 20 January 1936
King George V Flag of New Guinea, Territory of New Guinea, Territory of 28 June 1919 20 January 1936 6
King George V East African Currency Board December 1919 20 January 1936
King George V Flag of Kenya Colony Kenya Colony 11 June 1920 20 January 1936
King George V Flag of Ireland Ireland 6 December 1922 20 January 1936
King George V of the United Kingdom: Effigies on Coins
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