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George V
George V

George V (1865-1936), the second son of Edward VII, became heir to the throne when his older brother died in 1892. He had been trained for the navy, and became a vice admiral in 1903 before having to resign to take the throne. He was married in 1893 to Princess Victoria Mary of Teck. They had six children.

George V came to the throne in 1910 in a time of political crisis: the House of Lords was resisting the Liberal government's plans for higher income tax to create old age pensioners and the king was asked to create enough peers to get the measure passed. King George supported political moves, such as the Irish Home Rule Bill and he repeatedly warned his first cousin, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, against warlike policies.

George V was the first English monarch to be crowned Emperor of India in Delhi, in 1911, which had not been the case for his two predecessors, Queen Victoria and Edward VII. King George was a model royal leader of the nation during World War I when he and his queen gained immediate and lasting popularity by their courage and devotion to duty. George V was succeeded by his oldest son, Edward VIII.