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George V didn’t have much public charisma. Dr Lucy Worsley, Fit to Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History: Happy Families III, BBC 2013
I was afraid of my father and my children are damned well afraid of me. The King’s Speech 2011 starring Colin Firth & Geoffrey Rush & Guy Pearce & Helena Bonham Carter & Timothy Spall & Derek Jacobi & Jennifer Ehle & Anthony Andrews & Claire Bloom & Eve Best & Freya Wilson & Tim Downie & Roger Hammond & Michael Gambon et al, director Tom Hooper, George V
In 1935 King George V and Queen Mary celebrated their silver jubilee. Reputations: George VI: The Reluctant King, BBC 1999
In November 1918 King George V and Queen Mary celebrated victory with their people after the dark years of the First World War ... Britain had won the war but for the British monarchy a new battle at home was beginning after the catastrophic conflict. King George and Queen Mary: The Royals Who Rescued the Monarchy I, BBC 2012
In their dysfunctional family life they courted disaster. ibid.
George got his education on the high seas. ibid.
Princess Mary produced a girl and five boys. ibid.
George found himself at war with his own cousin. ibid.
The Saxe-Coburg-Gothas of Buckingham Palace ... By adopting the name Windsor, George had transformed his family name from a dangerous liability into a reassuring emblem of Britishness. ibid.
George deliberately turned back the clock to the values of his grandmother. ibid.
David [Edward VIII] found comfort in the arms of a series of married women. ibid.
Wallis Simpson was brash, American and dripping with emeralds; worst still she was twice married. ibid.
The Royal Family had never been more popular. King George and Queen Mary: The Royals Who Rescued the Monarchy II, BBC 2012
Mary was a deeply conservative product of the Victorian era. She was also a ruthless survivor. ibid.
George’s idea of fun was blasting game birds over the skies of Sandringham. ibid.
She produced six children. ibid.
She and her husband travelled to India. ibid.
George and Mary had neglected to provide a loving family life in which their children could thrive. ibid.
George V took to his bed at Sandringham. ibid.
Wallis Simpson couldn’t have been more alarming. ibid.
Queen Mary later confided that the new king [Bertie] sobbed on her shoulder for a whole hour. ibid.
On 3rd June 1937 the Duke of Windsor married his twice-divorced American at a rented château in France. ibid.
Mary moved to bolster the position of her second son, the new king. ibid.
Queen Mary’s enthusiasm for collecting antiques and curios was boundless. ibid.
She also taught Elizabeth how to be a queen. ibid.
She became the matriarch of a dynasty. ibid.
For seventeen years, he did nothing at all but kill animals and stick in stamps. Harold Nicolson
The Old Country must wake up if she intends to maintain her old position of pre-eminence in her Colonial trade against foreign competitors. George V, speech Guildhall 5th December 1901, cited Harold Nicolson’s King George V
My father was frightened of his mother: I was frightened of my father, and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me. George V, attributed
He [George V] thought they should be afraid of him, respectful of him. He used to spank them ... He said I think to Lord Derby, who reproached him for being really rather tough with them, and he said – My father was scared of his father, and I was scared of my father, and I’m damned well going to see they are scared by me. Sarah Bradford, author George VI
Spirits of well-shot woodcock, partridge, snipe
Flutter and bear him up the Norfolk sky:
In that red house in a red mahogany book-case
The stamp collection waits with mounts long dry. John Betjeman, Death of King George V
George V: The reluctant sailor king who was never supposed to take the throne. This is the story of a king with two very different sides. In public, a man loved by his people, and with his wife, the architect of a popular and successful monarchy. But in private, George could be ruthless, cold-hearted and struggled with his emotions. George V: The Tyrant King, Channel 5 2020
‘He dreaded the idea of being king. But he knew he had no choice.’ ibid. Lady Campbell
‘His death seems to be slightly sinister. It’s kept quiet and glossed over for fifty years.’ ibid. historian
George V would take twentieth-century Britain back to austere Victorian principles. ibid.
George was never meant to be king. That role should have gone to his brother Albert. ibid.
But George and his brother struggled with his studies. ibid.
He was nothing like his playboy father. ibid.
His temper often got the better of him … ‘He wasn’t a good father; he was gruff; he had a filthy temper.’ ibid. Dickie Arbiter
On 22 June 1921 King George V and Queen Mary arrived in Belfast for the first official opening of the Northern Ireland parliament. Fearful for their lives, they had come to a city scarred with sectarian division. The occasion marked the creation of the new state of Northern Ireland. The Road to Partition s1e1, historian, BBC 2021