King George VI

Standard Name: George VI, King


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Literary Setting Rose Tremain
Her dedicatee was a bookstore owner in Nashville, Tennessee, where he involved himself in the Civil Rights movement in 1960. (His son Richard is known as a writer). RT uses three epigraphs: from St John of the Cross
Occupation John Buchan
He made himself popular in Canada, partly through his skill with language, in French as well as in English. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography says, His intention was to develop a Canadian as well...
politics Margaret Kennedy
Along with her husband , MK attended a sermon by the Dean of St Paul's at Westminster Abbey, where she observed the King and Queen wearing gas masks.
Powell, Violet. The Constant Novelist. W. Heinemann, 1983.
Publishing Enid Blyton
EB did, however, continue to compose poetry for an adult readership, some of it the expression of political opinion. Teachers' World published three of her poems marking royal occasions: King George V 's silver jubilee...
Textual Features Margaret Kennedy
From 1937 to 1939 Kennedy had also kept a daily journal to console, from afar, a friend who had been recently widowed. This journal ended after she saw the King and Queen wearing gas masks...
Textual Production Sir J. M. Barrie
Until now Barrie had launched no new plays since Mary Rose, nearly seventeen years before. This one was said to have been suggested to him by the actress Elisabeth Bergner (a refugee from Austria)...


10 December 1936
The Abdication Crisis ended when King Edward VIII finally relinquished the throne; his brother David succeeded him as George VI .
By May 1937
Mass-Observation , a social research organisation devoted to observing the habits, behaviour, and opinions of ordinary people, was launched: Surrealist in inspiration, it became documentary and socially inclusive in aim.
12 May 1937
Composer William Walton 's march Crown Imperial was performed for King George VI 's coronation.
12 May 1937
The coronation of King George VI became the first outside broadcast by the BBC Television Service.
9 September 1938
The ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service, later the Women's Royal Army Corps ) was formed by direct order of the king, George VI .
3 September 1939
Britain and France officially declared war on Germany.
9 April 1942
In recognition of their endeavours in repelling the Nazi forces during a prolonged naval blockade, the entire population of Malta received the community award of the George Cross for valour from King George VI .
10 January-2 February 1943
The Russian campaign to relieve Stalingrad ended, after terrible suffering on both sides, with the surrender of the German 6th Army : a major turning-point of the war.
8 May 1945
This day, the one following the formal, unconditional German surrender to the Allies at Rheims in France, was called V. E. Day or VE Day.
15-16 August 1945
VJ Day produced two days of celebrations for victory over Japan. The king and the new Labour Prime Minister, Clement Attlee , made broadcasts to mark the occasion.
24 October 1946
King George VI opened the New Bodleian Library , Oxford, designed by Sir Giles Scott .
3 May 1951
King George VI opened the Festival of Britain (designed to showcase the modern, postwar, post-imperial nation) from the steps of St Paul's Cathedral. He also opened the Royal Festival Hall .
6 February 1952
King George VI died and Elizabeth II assumed the throne.
15 February 1952
The funeral of King George VI was aired on both BBC television and radio.