- NAME: George VI
- OCCUPATION: King
- BIRTH DATE: December 14, 1895
- DEATH DATE: February 06, 1952
- EDUCATION: Royal Naval Academy at Osborne, Royal Navy Academy at Dartmouth
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
- PLACE OF DEATH: Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
- AKA: Duke of Saxony
- Nickname: Bertie
- AKA: King George VI
- AKA: Prince Albert of York
- Originally: Albert Frederick Arthur George
- AKA: Albert Frederick Arthur George Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
- AKA: Duke of York
- AKA: Prince Albert Frederick Arthur George
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George VI served as king of the United Kingdom during World War II and was an important symbolic leader. He was succeeded by Queen Elizabeth II, in 1952.
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King George VI was the first ruling British Monarch to ever visit the United States. On his trip they had one agenda, to win the hearts of the American people.
Born Elizabeth Angela Martuerite Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Mother Elizabeth was one of the most popular debutantes of her time. And as such caught the eye of King George VI, then the Duke of York.
As a boy, King George VI had a rough relationship with his father, King George V. The strain on their relationship as father and son has been seen as a cause of King George VI's stammer.
King George VI faced many personal challenges as King of England, including his now famous stutter. But his wife, the Duchess of York was a key figure in his life that helped him overcome the challenges.
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Around this time, his daughter, Princess Elizabeth, the presumptive heir, began to take on some of his royal duties. A planned tour of Australia and New Zealand was postponed after the king suffered an arterial blockage in 1949. In 1951, following years of heavy smoking, King George was diagnosed with lung cancer and arteriosclerosis. On September 23, 1951, his left lung was removed.
On the morning of February 6, 1952, at the age of 56,
George VI was discovered dead in bed. It was later determined that he had died of a coronary thrombosis. After his death, George VI's daughter, Princess Elizabeth, took the throne, becoming Queen Elizabeth II; the king's wife, Queen Elizabeth, so as not to be confused with her daughter, took on the name "Queen Mother."
Despite his reluctance to be king, George VI was a conscientious and dedicated sovereign who assumed the throne at a time when public faith in the monarchy was at an all-time low. Armed with strong determination and the help of his wife, he became a modern monarch of the 20th century. During his reign, George VI endured the hardships of war and the transition from an empire to a commonwealth of nations, and restored the popularity of the British monarchy.
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