King George V - Old Palace Yard, London, UK
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N 51° 29.938 W 000° 07.581
30U E 699453 N 5709230
Quick Description: This beautiful white statue stands opposite, and facing, the Houses of Parliament. The carved detail on the scabbard and chains of office is superb.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/6/2011 7:05:18 AM
Waymark Code: WMCR8W
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member The Blue Quasar
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Long Description:
The statue, by Sir William Reid Dick, was unveiled on 22nd October 1947 by King George VI. The statue and plinth is carved from fossiliferous limestone that gives it its whiteness. The statue is about 150% life-size and shows George V wearing a robe and chains of office. Both his hands are resting on the hilt of a sword. The hat less George is looking towards the Palace of Westminster. The plinth is about 6 metres (20 feet) high and has a simple engraving "George V / 1910-1936".

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George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert; 3 June 1865 – 20 January 1936) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910 through the First World War (1914–1918) until his death in 1936.

George was a grandson of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and the first cousin of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. From 1877 until 1891 he served in the Royal Navy. On the death of Victoria in 1901, George's father became King Edward VII, and George was made Prince of Wales. On his father's death in 1910, he succeeded as King-Emperor of the British Empire. He was the only Emperor of India to be present at his own Delhi Durbar.

As a result of the First World War, other empires in Europe fell while his expanded to its greatest extent. In 1917, he became the first monarch of the House of Windsor, which he renamed from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha as a result of anti-German public sentiment. His reign saw the rise of socialism, communism, fascism, Irish republicanism, and the Indian independence movement, all of which radically changed the political landscape. The Parliament Act 1911 established the supremacy of the elected House of Commons of the United Kingdom over the unelected House of Lords. He appointed the first Labour ministry in 1924 and in 1931, the Statute of Westminster recognised the dominions of the empire as separate, independent kingdoms within the Commonwealth of Nations. He was plagued by illness throughout much of his later reign and at his death was succeeded by his eldest son, Edward VIII.

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Monarch Ranking: King / Queen

Proper Title and Name of Monarch: King George (Frederick Ernest Albert Windsor) V

Country or Empire of Influence: United Kingdom and British Dominions and Emperor of India

Website for additonal information: [Web Link]

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