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Date of Birth 14 December 1895Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK
Date of Death 6 February 1952Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK  (coronary thrombosis)
Birth NameAlbert Frederick Arthur George Wettin
Nickname Bertie
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Albert Fredrick Arthur George was born on December 14, 1895 to the future King George V and Queen Mary who was born a Princess of Teck. It was the anniversary of the death of Queen Victoria's husband Albert the Prince Consort, his great-grandfather, so it was obvious that his name would start with Albert. He had a nervous stammer, possibly because his father made him write with his right hand when he was a lefty. His great-grandson seams to have inherited his left-handedness. In 1923 he was created Duke of York, and married The Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother), the daughter of the Earl of Strathmore. In 1926 they had their first child, a daughter named Elizabeth, and four years later another daughter named Margaret. Albert's father died in January 1936, making his brother King Edward VIII. He abdicated in December 1936 to marry a twice-divorced American woman, putting England in a crisis. Albert then became King George VI, after his father, and his wife became Queen Elizabeth. His first act as King was to make his brother the Duke of Windsor. A few years later World War II broke out, but the royal family stayed in Buckingham Palace even after it was bombed. A lifelong heavy smoker, the King died in 1952: at the time there was no connection between smoking and the lung cancer that caused his death. Of his six grandchildren, only two had been born before his death, Charles - Prince of Wales and Anne - the Princess Royal. His elder daughter, Elizabeth, became Queen Elizabeth II and his wife became the Queen Mother.

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Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (26 April 1923 - 6 February 1952) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (13)

He was the King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from December 11, 1936 to February 6, 1952.
Great-grandchildren: Peter Philips (b. 15 November 1977), Zara Philips (b. 15 May 1981), Prince William (b. 21 June 1982), Prince Harry Windsor (b. 15 September 1984), Princess Beatrice of York (b. 8 August 1988), Princess Eugenie of York (b. 23 March 1990) ,Lady Louise Windsor (b. 8 November 2003) and Viscount Severn James Windsor (b. 17 December 2007).
Grandchildren: 'Prince Charles' (b. 14 November 1948), Princess Anne (b. 12 August 1950), Prince Andrew (b. 19 February 1960), David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley (b. 3 November 1961), Prince Edward Wessex (b. 10 March 1964) and Sarah Armstrong-Jones, Mrs Daniel Chatto (b. 1 May 1964).
Children: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary (b. 21 April 1926) Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret Rose (b. 21 August 1930).
Brother of King Edward VIII (Duke of Windsor), Mary the Princess Royal (aka Victoria, 1897-1965), Prince Henry (Duke of Gloucester), Prince George (Duke of Kent), and Prince John (1905-1919)
Saw action at the Battle of Jutland aboard the battleship HMS Collingwood.
On 12 March 1949 the King underwent surgery for Buerger's disease - acute inflammation and thrombosis (clotting) of arteries and veins of the legs. On 23 September 1951 he underwent surgery to remove a cancerous lung, but the cancer had spread. In the early hours of 6 February 1952, a blood clot stopped his heart during his sleep.
At the time of his death his mother Queen Mary was also dying of lung cancer.
Portrayed by Colin Firth in The King's Speech (2010).
Born as "His Highness". In Queen Victoria decided children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales should have the higher rank of Royal Highness. In 1917 his father, George V, decided all members of the British Royal family should be His/Her Royal Highness.
He usually smoked 20-25 cigarettes a day.
During his reign Ireland formally became a republic on 18 April 1949 when it left the Commonwealth.

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