George VI, King of the United Kingdom

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George VI, King of the United Kingdom Gender: M
Albert Frederick Arthur George Windsor
born on 14 December 1895 at 03:05 (= 03:05 AM )
Place Sandringham, England, 52n50, 0e30
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 21°55' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 24°51 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 27°09'

King of the United Kingdom George VI


British monarch, he was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death in 1952. He was concurrently the last emperor of India until August 1947, when the British Raj was dissolved. Crowned on 12 May 1937, George VI was a popular monarch in troubled times.

Known as "Bertie" among his family and close friends, George VI was born in the reign of his great-grandmother Queen Victoria and was named after his great-grandfather Albert, Prince Consort. As the second son of King George V, he was not expected to inherit the throne and spent his early life in the shadow of his elder brother, Edward.

He attended naval college as a teenager and served in the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force during the First World War. In 1920, he was made Duke of York. He married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923, and they had two daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret.

George's elder brother ascended the throne as Edward VIII after their father died in 1936. Later that year, Edward abdicated to marry the twice-divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson, and George became the third monarch of the House of Windsor.

In September 1939, the British Empire and Commonwealth—but not Ireland—declared war on Nazi Germany. War with the Kingdom of Italy and the Empire of Japan followed in 1940 and 1941, respectively. George was seen as sharing the hardships of the common people and his popularity soared. Buckingham Palace was bombed during the Blitz while the King and Queen were there, and his younger brother, the Duke of Kent, was killed on active service.

George became known as a symbol of British determination to win the war. Britain and its allies were victorious in 1945, but the British Empire declined. Ireland had largely broken away, followed by independence of India and Pakistan in 1947. George relinquished the title of Emperor of India in June 1948 and instead adopted the new title of Head of the Commonwealth.

He was beset by smoking-related health problems in the later years of his reign and died in his sleep of coronary thrombosis on 5 February 1952 at age 56 in Sandringham House. His eldest daughter flew back to Britain from Kenya as Queen Elizabeth II.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Historic: World War II (born 1 September 1939). Notes: Leader of the United Kingdom
  • role played of/by Firth, Colin (born 10 September 1960). Notes: 2010 film "The King's Speech"
  • role played of/by Glen, Iain (born 24 June 1961). Notes: Glen played George in TV film, "Into the Storm," 2009
  • role played of/by Harris, Jared (born 24 August 1961). Notes: 2016-2017 TV series "The Crown"
  • role played of/by Mendelsohn, Ben (born 3 April 1969). Notes: 2017 film "Darkest Hour"


Source Notes

Fagan quotes official record in AA, 9/1940. (It would seem that Fagan was giving London time of 3:05 AM GMT, as in Sandringham, the time was a half hour later, which would make the birth at 3:35 AM Sandringham time.)

(Dana Holliday quotes several biographies that give different times. Sarah Bradford, "The Reluctant King, The Life and Reign of George VI 1895-1952," St. Martin's Press, New York, p.1 reads, "he chose to be born at 3:10 AM on 14 December 1895."

Harold Nicolson, "King George the Fifth, His Life and Reign," Constable & Co LTD, London, p.55 quotes an entry in the diary of the Prince of Wales, "A little boy was born at 3:40 AM S.T. Everything most satisfactory, both doing well." (The initials stand for "Sandringham Time," as the clocks at Sandringham were always kept half an hour fast. King Edward VIII on his accession in 1936 abolished this practice.")

Denis Judd, "King George VI, 1895-1052. Franklin Watts, New York 1983, p.3, quotes his father's diary for the same quote as above (3:40 AM), but the telegram to Queen Victoria read, "Darling May was safely confined of a son at 3:30 this morning both doing well.")


  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Terminal attack while sleeping)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs (Heavy smoker)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Stutter, Tics (Stuttered)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two daughters)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted (Queen Elizabeth II)
  • Notable : Famous : Royal family (House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, until 1917)
  • Notable : Famous : Royal family (House of Windsor, from 1917)