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The grandchildren of King George V


By Lafayette - Manchester Faces & Places, Artistic Printing Co Ltd, Manchester, Vol XIII, No 4, March 1902, p.52, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

On 6 July 1893, Prince George (1865-1936), the second son of the future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, married Princess Mary of Teck (1867-1953). Mary had been previously engaged to George’s older brother, Prince Albert Victor, who had died of influenza a few weeks before their wedding. George became King on 6 May 1910 when Edward VII died.

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(Above – 1910: The six children of King George V and Queen Mary. From top left: Prince Albert, later King George VI, Princess Mary, later the Princess Royal, Prince Edward, later King Edward VIII and the Prince of Wales. Front row, from left: Prince John, Prince Henry, later the Duke of Gloucester and Prince George, later the Duke of Kent.)

King George V and his wife, Queen Mary, known as May, had six children and nine grandchildren. The couple had five sons and a daughter: Edward (1894-1972), future King Edward VIII, styled as the Duke of Windsor after his abdication; Albert (1895-1952), the future King George VI; Henry, Duke of Gloucester (1900-1974); George, Duke of Kent (1902-1942); John (1905-1919); and Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood (1897-1965).

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(Above – The Coronation of King George VI: King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret)

Of all King George V’s children, King Edward VIII, who was king for less than a year, from January until December 1936, and who abdicated the throne in order to marry Wallis Simpson, was the only one—save for John, who died very young—without offspring.

In 1923, Prince Albert, who had been made Duke of York three years earlier, married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (1900-2002). Together, they had two daughters: Princess Elizabeth (born on 21 April 1926, the future Queen Elizabeth II) and Princess Margaret (1930-2002). Prince Albert became King George VI on 11 December 1936 and was crowned on 12 May 1937; his eldest daughter, Elizabeth, became Queen in 1952 and was crowned on 2 June 1953. On 20 November 1947, the then Princess Elizabeth married Philip Mountbatten (later Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh), with whom she had four children: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

On 6 May 1960, Princess Margaret married Antony Armstrong-Jones, who was granted the title of the 1st Earl of Snowdon, and whom she divorced in 1978. Together, they had two children: David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon, and Lady Sarah Chatto.

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(Above – The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor)

King George V’s third son, Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, married Lady Alice Montagu Douglas Scott (1901-2004), and together they had two sons: Prince William of Gloucester (1941-1972), who died in a plane crash, and Prince Richard (born 26 August 1944). On 8 July 1972, Prince Richard married the Danish-born Birgitte van Deurs, and on 10 June 1974, he succeeded to his father’s title as Duke of Gloucester. The children of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester are: Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster; Lady Davina Windsor; and Lady Rose Windsor.

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(Above – The Duke and Duchess of Kent with Prince Edward and Princess Alexandra)

In 1934, Prince George, Duke of Kent, married Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark (1906-1968), a cousin of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. As a result of their marriage, three children were born: Prince Edward (born 9 October 1935 and who became Duke of Kent upon the death of his father), Prince Michael of Kent (born 4 July 1942) and Princess Alexandra (born 25 December 1936).

In 1961, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, married Katharine Worsley and together they had three children: George Windsor, Earl of St. Andrews; Lady Helen Taylor; and Lord Nicholas Windsor.

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(Above – Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, with Prince and Princess Michael of Kent)

On 30 June 1978, Prince Michael of Kent married Baroness Marie Christine von Reibnitz, the daughter of a Silesian nobleman and an Austro-Hungarian woman. Marie Christine was a Roman Catholic and a divorcée, and she needed special permission to marry from Pope John Paul II. Under the terms of the Act of Settlement 1701, Prince Michael forfeited his place in the line of succession to the throne through his marriage to a Roman Catholic. He was reinstated to the line of succession on 26 March 2015 when the Succession to the Crown Act 2013 came into force and is 48th in line to the throne. Prince and Princess Michael of Kent have two children: Lord Frederick Windsor, married to Sophie Winkleman, and Lady Gabriella Kingston, married to Thomas Kingston.

Princess Alexandra, the daughter of Prince George, Duke of Kent, and granddaughter of King George V, married the Hon. Angus James Bruce Ogilvy on 24 April 1963 and had two children: James and Marina.

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(Above – Wedding of Princess Mary and Viscount Lascelles)

Finally, the only daughter of King George V, Princess Mary, Princess Royal married Viscount Lascelles (later the 6th Earl of Harewood) in 1922. Their two sons were the first grandchildren of King George V. Their sons were George Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood (1923 – 2011) and the Honorable Gerald Lascelles (1924 – 1998).

About author

Alta Ifland is a Romanian-born American writer based in Northern California. She is the author of two collections of prose poems (Voix de Glace/Voice of Ice -- Louis Guillaume Prize -- & The Snail’s Song) and two books of short stories (Elegy for a Fabulous World & Death-in-a-Box -- Subito Press Fiction Prize). She has a forthcoming novel, The Wife Who Wasn’t, and is currently working on a novel inspired by the life of Queen Marie of Romania. www.altaifland.com