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Countdown to The King's Speech: George V

Updated: Apr 28

It's time for profile four and our first meeting with royalty. Where else to go but to the man who ruled all those pink bits on the old maps, King George V.

As monarch, George V was known for his sense of duty and commitment to his role. He embraced his responsibilities with unwavering dedication, earning him the nickname “The Sailor King” due to his naval service before ascending the throne. Together with Queen Mary, George V became the only monarch to visit India as King-Emperor in 1911 and changed his family's name from the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to the House of Windsor due to anti German sentiment.

He had a reputation for being somewhat cold and unfeeling and according to one biographer "the King was not an especially caring person, reserving his limited expressions for Charlotte, his pet parrot."

The part of George V will be taken by Paul Bailey, fresh from pursuing Phileas Fogg Around the World in Eighty Days.

The King’s Speech will be at Haslemere Hall at 7:30 pm on Thursday 16, Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May. Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01428 642161 or follow the link

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