King George VI

By | May 12, 2013

When Albert Frederick Arthur George took the British throne becoming George VI on his Coronation on May 12, 1936, it was an unexpected accession. It was his elder brother, Edward, who was suppose to become King on the death of their Father George V. But Edward abdicated the title so as to marry Wallis Simpson. Mrs. Simpson was a twice divorced American socialite.

George VI was the Great Grandson of Queen Victoria and was born while she still was Queen on December 14, 1895. Even though he was named for Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s late husband, many in the family didn’t like the name. He was called Bertie by his family

Albert decided to assume the style of his father and took the title George VI to help restore confidence in the monarchy.

It was common for the coins that carried the image of the British Monarch to face in the opposite direction of his predecessor. Edward, however, felt that his left side was his best and the few coins that bore his imagine faced in the same direction as his father, George V. George VI’s image also faced left, keeping the sequence as if Edward had had his facing right. Queen Elizabeth’s faces right.

In 1939 he made a visit to the United States and became the first British Monarch to step foot on land that had won their Independence during the American Revolution.

George VI died at the age of 56 in the early morning hours of February 6, 1952. His eldest daughter, Elizabeth became Queen as Queen Elizabeth II.


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