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George V of Britain
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Historical Figure
Nationality: United Kingdom
Date of Birth: 1865
Date of Death: 1936
Cause of Death: Sepsis, exacerbated by various ailments attributable to smoking
Religion: Anglicanism
Parents: Edward VII,
Alexandra of Denmark
Spouse: Mary of Teck
Children: Edward VIII
George VI
Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood
Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester
Prince George, Duke of Kent
Prince John (d. 1919)
Relatives: Victoria (grandmother)
Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (grandfather)
Elizabeth II (granddaughter)
Wilhelm II, German Emperor (first cousin)
Nicholas II of Russia (first cousin)
Grand Duke Mikhail of Russia (first cousin)
House: Windsor (from 17 July 1917)
Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

(until 17 July 1917)

Political Office(s): Monarch of the United Kingdom and the British Empire, Emperor of India,
Duke of York,
Member of the Privy Council
Fictional Appearances:
Shared Universe Story
"Last Flight of the Swan of the East"
POD: 1878
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): American Front;
Walk in Hell;
Blood and Iron
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references
Political Office(s): Monarch of the United Kingdom and the British Empire

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.

Born during the reign of his grandmother Queen Victoria, George was the second son of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, and was third in the line of succession to the British throne behind his father and elder brother, Prince Albert Victor. From 1877 to 1892, 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 Victoria's death in 1901, George's father ascended the throne as Edward VIII and George was created Prince of Wales. He became king-emperor on his father's death in 1910.

George's reign saw the rise of socialism, communism, fascism, Irish republicanism, and the Indian independence movement, all of which radically changed the political landscape of the British Empire. The Parliament Act 1911 established the supremacy of the elected British House of Commons over the unelected House of Lords. As a result of the First World War (1914–1918), the empires of his first cousins Nicholas II of Russia and Wilhelm II of Germany fell, while the British Empire expanded to its greatest effective extent. In 1917, he 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. In 1924, George appointed the first Labour ministry and the 1931 Statute of Westminster recognized the Empire's dominions as separate, independent states within the British Commonwealth of Nations.

He suffered from smoking-related health problems throughout much of his later reign, and at his death was succeeded by his eldest son, Edward VIII.

George V in "Last Flight of the Swan of the East"[]

George V was the King of the United Kingdom when the Great War broke out. As the alliances were drawn, many wondered which side the United Kingdom would join. George's family was of German descent, and relations between Britain and Germany had been fairly close, whereas the U.K.'s relationship with France had been noticeably frosty since the advent of the leviathan airships.[1]

George's government continued its neutrality into 1915.

George V in Southern Victory[]

George V was the King of Great Britain during the Great War.[2] He was the last British monarch to hold a number of titles previously afforded to the ruler of the British Empire, including King of Ireland and King of Canada, both of which he was forced to relinquish by the victorious Central Powers at the end of the Great War.[3]

Jake Featherston derisively compared Wade Hampton V to the British king during the 1921 Confederate presidential campaign, a somewhat provocative act, considering how staunchly Britain had supported the Confederate States.[4]

Upon his death in January 1936, he was succeeded by his eldest son Edward VIII, who led Britain to defeat at the hands of the Central Powers in the Second Great War (1941-1944).[5]

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References[]

  1. Leviathans: Armored Skies, pgs. 294, loc. 4210, ebook.
  2. American Front, pg. 33, pb.
  3. See, e.g., Walk in Hell, pgs. 462-465, pb.
  4. Blood and Iron, pg. 441, pb.
  5. In at the Death, pg. 359, PB.
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