Albert Frederick Arthur George Windsor

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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 fight

Object Number - FRE 9819 - 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...

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.

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16 February 1952

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Date9 Jun 2021 11:50:22
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