King George V (1865-1936) and Queen Mary (1867-1953) at Craigwell House, Aldwick, near Bognor Regis, c1930s (1936). George, the second son of Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark, was born at Marlborough House on 3rd June, 1865. In 1893 he married Princess Mary (with whom he had six children) and in 1910, upon the death of his father, he became king. In 1924 he appointed Ramsay MacDonald, Britain's first Labour Prime Minister, and in 1932 he introduced the idea of broadcasting a Christmas message to the people. He died of influenza on 20th January, 1936 and was succeeded by his eldest son, Edward. From His Majesty the King, 1910-1935, introduction by HW Wilson (Associated Newspapers Ltd, London, 1936).
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