George V was born on 3rd June 1865
at Marlborough House, London, son of the future Edward
VII and Princess Alexandra of Denmark. He was
christened George Frederick Ernest Albert on 7th July
1865 and known as 'Georgie'. He entered the Royal Navy
in 1877, becoming a vice-admiral in 1903. He married
Queen Mary of Teck on 6th July 1893 in the Chapel
Royal, St. James Palace. He had 6 children, his eldest
son becoming Edward VIII in 1936, although he was
never crowned, having abdicated in December 1936.
George V's second son, became George VI in his stead.
George V's other children were Mary, the Princess
Royal, Prince Henry William Frederick, Duke of
Gloucester, George Edward Alexander, Duke of Kent and
Prince John Charles Francis.
George V acceded to the throne upon the death of his father in 1910. It was George V who changed the official name of the monarchy to The House of Windsor in 1917, on July 17th. Their new name replaced the historic name of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha with its German connections which was no longer acceptable as the UK was at war with Germany.
George V died on 20th January 1936 at Sandringham, Norfolk. His funeral took place on 28th January 1936 at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle following the Lying-in-State in London. George V was succeeded by Edward VIII who subsequently abdicated in December 1936 in order to marry Mrs Wallis Simpson. There is more about The Abdication included in our article about HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
The Funeral Procession passes
the Queen Victoria statue in Windsor
Foreign Heads of State follow the Funeral Cortege through the streets of Windsor
The Horseshoe Cloisters and St George's Chapel
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