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George V
King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions
Emperor of India
Biographical information
Born June 3, 1865, Marlborough House, London
Died January 20, 1936, Sandringham House, Norfolk
Marital status Married to Mary of Teck
Residence England
Title(s) King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions
Emperor of India
Duke of York (formerly)
Earl of Inverness (formerly)
Baron Killarney (formerly)
Physical information
Gender Male
Hair colour Brown
Family information
Immediate Mary of Teck (wife)
Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) (son)
Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI) (son)
Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood (daughter)
Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester (son)
Prince George, Duke of Kent (son)
Prince John (son) †
Edward VII (father) †
Alexandra of Denmark (mother)
Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale (brother) †
Louise, Princess Royal and Duchess of Fife (sister)
Princess Victoria (sister)
Maud, Queen of Norway (sister)
Prince Alexander John of Wales (brother) †
Queen Victoria (paternal grandmother) †
Albert, Prince Consort (paternal grandfather) †
Loyalty England
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by Guy Williams (2013 Christmas Special)
Jon Glover (voice only) (Series 5)

King George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert) is the reigning monarch of England in the 1920s, husband of Queen Mary, and the father of Edward, Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII and, after his abdication, the Duke of Windsor) and Prince Albert, Duke of York, later King George VI. He is also the future grandfather of Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret Rose, Countess of Snowden.

Background Edit

King George was born during the reign of his grandmother, Queen Victoria. He was the second son of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, who succeeded Victoria as King Edward VII. He was first cousin to two foreign future monarchs: Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.

George entered the Royal Navy at age twelve alongside his elder brother Albert, Duke of Clarence, but George continued to serve whilst his brother left to enter Trinity College, Cambridge.

George fell in love with his cousin Marie of Edinburgh, but she refused his proposal. His elder brother became engaged to Mary of Teck, but six weeks after the engagement was announced his brother died from pneumonia. George, after recovering from typhoid fever, grew closer to her during the mourning period. A year later, with his grandmother's approval, George proposed to Mary and they married in 1893.

George eventually became Duke of York, and then in 1901 Prince of Wales when his father was crowned Edward VII. Following the death of his father, George was crowned George V in 1910.

In 1917, in response to widespread national hatred for Germany, George changed the royal family's name from Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to Windsor.

Considered to be one of the best shots in the country, he was an avid game shooter and stamp collector.

Downton Abbey Edit

2013 Christmas Special Edit

The king, his wife, and two oldest sons are present at the debutante ball of Rose MacClare and her friend Madeleine Allsopp in 1923.

Series 5 Edit

The king's voice is heard in 1924 over the new radio installed by the Crawley family. Rose telling Robert that the king was going to broadcast over the wireless is what convinced Lord Grantham to allow a wireless to be installed in the house.


Appearances and Mentions
Series 3 Episode 1
Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 5 Episode 6
Episode 7 Episode 8 Christmas Special
Series 4 Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3
Episode 4 Episode 5 Episode 6 Episode 7 Episode 8 Christmas Special
Series 5 Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 5 Episode 6 Episode 7 Episode 8 Christmas Special
Series 6 Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 5 Episode 6
Episode 7 Episode 8 Christmas Special


External Links Edit

  1. Downton Abbey Christmas episode details revealed at STV TV
  2. George V at Wikipedia

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