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Albert Frederick Arthur George Windsor

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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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  • Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

    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...

  • Richard Ham

    Military | Sergeant | Cinematographer, Combat Photographer | 303rd Bomb Group
    Dick studied photography at Modesto Junior College, California, and undertook a brief period of training in Hollywood to learn how to operate a film camera. He enlisted in the US Signal Corps in May 1942 as a motion picture cameraman and was sent to...

  • Rhoda Robinson

    Civilian | Aeroclub Director
    Rhoda volunteered to serve with the American Red Cross during the Second World War. After training in America, she came to the UK in May 1943. She worked at a variety of bases in Britain, including Alconbury, running aero clubs. Rhoda’s clubs were...

  • Elizabeth Windsor

    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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Died 16 February 1952

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09 June 2021 11:50:22 Emily Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, role, biography, events, person associations and media associations
Sources

IWM Article: What the Royal Family did during the Second World War, and Royal Encyclopaedia entry at royal.uk

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