King George VI with General Mark Clark of the US Army in North Africa. Printed caption on reverse: 'For first publication eveings Sat Jun 19. British Official Photo, Crown Copyright Reserved. HM THE KING IN N AFRICA. on 14th June, 1943, His Majesty the King made an extensive tour of the American Armed forces, which included the large force under General Clark. It was during this visit that his Majesty watched modern street fighting and took the salute at a parade in which large numbers of troops and fighting vehicles passed the saulting base. Photo shows: standing in an African vineyard his Majesty the King wathes street-fighting tactics by an assault party. A Brigadier General of the US Army explians the demonstration. General Mark Clark in on the right.'
King George VI rides in a jeep druing a visit to the 301st Bomb Group. Image stamped on reverse: 'Copyright Central Press Photos.' [stamp], 'Not to be published until 14/11.' [stamp], 'Passed for Publication 13 Nov 1942.' [stamp], 'P (King) CCC (USA).' [annotation] and '232596.'[Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'King with U.S. Bomber crews. 13.11.42. The KING rides in a jeep during a visit today to one of the Bomber Squadrons of the U.S Army Air Corps serving in this country. His Majesty inspected Liberators and Fortresses and spoke to men of their crews.'
King George VI meets Major General Carl Spaatz, Major General Ira Eaker and General Newton Longfellow at Huntingdon. Image stamped on reverse: 'Unofficially Approved.' [stamp], 'Confidential.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 14 Nov 1942.' [stamp] and '233091.' [Censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'ET-HQ-42-1548, Nov 14-42. For purpose of first visit to US Bomber forces somewhere in Engl., His Majesty King George VI is met (l to r) by Major Gen Carl A Spaatz, CGUS Bomber Com, ETo, Major Gen Ira Eaker, Com. of Bomber Com. And Brig Gen Newton Longfellow. Huntingdon Station, Huntingdon, Engl [obscured by censor].'
King George VI inspects American Officers of the signal corps during a visit to the South Coast. Image stamped on reverse: 'Keystone Press.' [stamp] Printed caption on reverse: 'KING AND QUEEN VISIT AMERICAN AND DOMINION AIRMEN. 24.10.44, Censor No. 168822. Keystone Photo Shows: The King and Queen paid a visit to the south coast, during which they inspected American and Dominion airmen, who will fight alongside the RAF. The king is seen here inspecting Officers of the American Signal Corps.'
King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth and Major General James Doolittle meet an airman of the 379th Bomb Group. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Mason Doolittle and ??' The airman in the picture is Lloyd C Mason.
King George VI with Colonel Robert Walker and Squadron Leader Robert Clayton during a visit to the 301st Bomb Group at Chelveston. Image stamped on reverse: 'Unofficially Approved.' [stamp], 'Passed for publication 16 Nov 1942.' [stamp] and '233684.' [censor no.] Printed caption on reverse: 'HM King George VI, with Col Robert Walker, Spokane, Wash, after a visit of HRH to US bomber command somewhere in Engl. Sq Leader Robert Clayton extreme right. Chelveston [obscured by censor], England.'
Englands King George talks with high ranking American Army officers during a visit to an Eighth Air force base to inspect the crew of the "Memphis Belle," famed Boeing B-17 Flying fortress. Behind King George stands the pilot of the 'Belle' Capt Robert K Morgan.
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"The recipients of decorations which were conferred on behalf of King George VI by the Earl of Halifax, British ambassador to the United States during and official presentation ceremony at the British embassy 26-Sep-44."
Rear L-R: Lt Roy E Whittaker, Col Kenneth B Hobson, Col Stewart W Towle Jr, Col Archibald R Mackechnie, Capt Olan R Fleming, Edward Frederick Lindley Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax, T/Sgt William T Kent, M/Sgt Theodore S Millard, Capt Carroll A Taylor, 1Lt Ronald E Notestine.
Front L-R: Maj Gen Frank O Hunter, Maj Gen Uzal Girard Ent, Brig Gen Haywood S Hansell, Mrs Eleanor F Graves [Wife to Brig Gen Davis D Graves KIA], Brig Gen Newton Longfellow, Mr N C Olsen (father of Capt Roy W Olsen KIA), Maj Charles B Fairlamb, Maj Ulysses Sam Nero, Maj Lyman Middleditch.
"King George talks with Gen Carl Spaatz, Maj Gen Ira C Eaker and Brig Gen Newton Longfellow. VIII bomber command, 8th AF England Dec-42."
"King George of England talks with high American Army officers during a visit to an Eighth Air force base to inspect the crew of the "Memphis Belle," famed Boeing B-17 Flying fortress."
Memphis Belles pilot Capt Robert K Morgan stands behind the King.
At 6pm on 3 September 1939, King George VI spoke to the people of Britain and the Empire. In his radio broadcast, he talked of the difficult times ahead and urged his people to stand firm.
The King held the ranks of Admiral of the Fleet, Field Marshal and Marshal of the Royal Air Force (RAF). He and Queen Elizabeth inspected troops and visited work places. On these occasions the King always appeared in uniform.
During the Blitz, the King and Queen visited bombed areas to see the damage caused by enemy air raids. On these visits, the Queen took a keen interest in what was being done to help people who had lost their homes. After Buckingham Palace was bombed on 13 September 1940, she said she felt she could 'look the East End in the face'.
In 1940 the King instituted the George Cross and George Medal to be awarded for acts of bravery by citizens.
The King and Queen also took a real interest in the work that people were doing, and conducted Royal visits to British and American personnel, troops and places involved in supporting the war effort. This often raised morale and gave workers a renewed enthusiasm for their work. The Ministry of Supply studied the effects of royal visits and found that, in most cases, production figures dropped on the day of the visit but the weekly production figures invariably rose.
Civilian | Queen of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth
During the Blitz, the King and Queen visited bombed areas to see the damage caused by enemy air raids. On these visits, the Queen took a keen interest in what was being done to help people who had lost their homes. After Buckingham Palace was bombed on...
Military | Queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth
Princesses Elizabeth spent most of the war years at Windsor Castle and, like many other British children, was often apart from her parents. In October 1940, 14-year-old Princess Elizabeth broadcast a message to evacuees on the radio programme Children...
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