Friday, April 4, 2014

Casual Friday: Portrait of King George VI

Friday, April 4, 2014
View at Library of Congress
Loretta reports:

Not many of us know much about King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II.  Some of us might be picturing Colin Firth in The King’s Speech.

This (nearly an hour but well worth it) documentary shows us the big picture, and helps us understand why King George VI and his queen were held in such great affection.  It also offers many glimpses of a queen in training.

Image: King George VI, courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Readers who receive our blog via email might see a rectangle, square, or nothing where the video ought to be.  To watch the video, please click on the title to this post.


Hels said...

Interesting. I think lots of people don't know much about King George VI because of the unbelievable fuss that had been made by and about King Edward VIII.

By the end of Edward's short reign, members of the public were exposed to a year of will he/won't he abdicate; was Wallis a hustler on the make? were Edward and Wallis both sympathetic to German Nazism etc.

Citizens were exhausted and were very grateful to George for getting on with the job quietly and without scandal.

Vintage Maison said...

I clearly remember my parents saying how the King was loved and respected, and my father, who also suffered from a stutter, thought the King very brave to have overcome (almost) this affliction.

Anonymous said...

Link to the documentary, or even the name of it?

LorettaChase said...

Anonymous, are you having trouble viewing it on the blog? It's from a 4 part series, The Monarchy. This one is Monarchy 1/4 - The King Who Saved The Crown - George VI and His Royal Destiny
Clicking on the YouTube button in the lower right corner of the video box will take you to the page on YouTube.

Two Nerdy History Girls. Design by Pocket