The duke of York, nicknamed Bertie, was born as royal 'spare heir', younger brother to the prince of Wales, and thus expected to spend a relatively private life with his Scottish wife, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, and their daughters, in the shadow of their reigning father, George V, and next that of his elder brother, who succeeded to the British throne as Edward VIII. However, Edward decides to put his love for a divorced American, Wallis Simpson, above dynastic duty, and ends up abdicating the throne, which falls to Bertie, who reigns as George VI. He expects to be, as constitutional monarch, little more then a figure head, but again fate has other ideas: Nazi Germany proves such a formidable war challenger to the British Empire that the desperate nation looks to the royal couple as a comforting symbol of its unbroken spirit, a part they play with great success, while hosting chased monarchs and governments from continental Europe. After victory, life returns to normal, but pulmonary ... Written by
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When Queen Mary said that the last commoner to marry into the Royal Family was Anne Boleyn, this was incorrect. Prince George (later King George IV) secretly married a commoner Maria Fitzherbert, although this marriage was ruled invalid and illegal. His younger brother Prince Augustus Frederick had two wives, both minor noblewomen. James II was married to Anne Hyde in 1660. Even Henry VIII's later wives Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr were of similar non-royal status as Anne Boleyn. See more
[talking at dinner about the forthcoming marriage of Bertie and Elizabeth
My feeling, Sir, is that the wedding of these two young people - the Duke and Duchess of York - should be filmed, if that is thought appropriate, but not be allowed to be recorded over the wireless. The people might listen to it in *inappropriate* places.
King George VI, aka 'Bertie'
What exactly do you mean by that?
Public houses, for example. They might also not remove their hats at solemn moments.
David - Edward VIII
Why this obsession with ritual?
King George V
Follows Edward & Mrs. Simpson
If You Were the Only Girl (In the World)
Music by Nat Ayer
(as Nat D. Ayer)
Lyrics by Clifford Grey See more