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V. György brit király

Születési dátum: 3. június 1865
Halál dátuma: 20. január 1936

V. György az Egyesült Királyság és a Brit Domíniumok királya és India császára 1910-től 1936-os haláláig.

György VII. Eduárd király második fiaként és Viktória királynő unokájaként született. Fiatal korában a Királyi Haditengerészet tisztjeként szolgált, míg bátyja, Albert Viktor 1892-es halála után a trón örökösévé nem vált. Apja halála után, 1910-ben lépett a trónra.

Uralkodása alatt jelentősen megváltozott a Brit Birodalom és Európa politikai élete, megerősödtek a szocialista, kommunista, fasiszta mozgalmak, színre léptek az ír republikánusok és elindult az indiai függetlenségi mozgalom. Az első világháború során V. György megszüntette valamennyi német kötődésű nemesi címét és a dinasztia nevét Szász-Coburg-Gothairól Windsorira változtatta. Az első világháború utáni gyarapodásaival az 1920-as években a Brit Birodalom elérte legnagyobb kiterjedését. 1922-ben Írország elszakadt az Egyesült Királyságtól. 1924-ben György nevezte ki az első munkáspárti brit miniszterelnököt. 1931-ben a westminsteri statútummal létrehozták a Brit Nemzetközösséget. Élete utolsó éveiben sokat betegeskedett. Halála után legidősebb fia, VIII. Eduárd követte a trónon. Wikipedia

Photo: Bain News Service / Public domain

Idézetek V. György brit király

„You dress like a cad. You act like a cad. You are a cad.“

—  George V of the United Kingdom

Allegedly said to his son, Prince Edward. Quoted by Christopher Warwick in Abdication (Sidgwick and Jackson, 1986)
Attributed

„Goddamn you!“

—  George V of the United Kingdom

Alleged last words, after his nurse administered a sedative.
Attributed

„It's the shortest one I know.“

—  George V of the United Kingdom

Allegedly said to Sir Thomas Beecham on the opera La Bohème, on why it was his favourite.
Attributed

„I may be uninspiring, but I'll be damned if I'm alien.“

—  George V of the United Kingdom

Allegedly said in response to H. G. Wells's criticism of his "alien [i.e. German-descended] and uninspiring court"
Attributed

„My father was frightened of his mother. I was frightened of my father and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me.“

—  George V of the United Kingdom

Attributed in Randolph Churchill's Lord Derby (1959), but said by Kenneth Rose https://wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Rose in King George V (1983) to be almost certainly apocryphal.
Attributed

„But, remember, I wish to have the best collection, not just one of the best collections in England.“

—  George V of the United Kingdom

Allegedly said to J.A. Tilleard, Honorary Secretary, Philatelic Society, on appointing him as Philatelist to the King.
Attributed

„The King feels so strongly that, no matter the crime committed by anyone on whom the VC has been conferred, the decoration should not be forfeited. Even were a VC to be sentenced to be hanged for murder, he should be allowed to wear his VC on the scaffold.“

—  George V of the United Kingdom

Lord Stamfordham, private secretary to George V, on 26 July 1920. The original Royal Warrant involved an expulsion clause that allowed for a recipient's name to be erased from the official register in certain wholly discreditable circumstances and his pension cancelled. Eight were forfeited between 1861 and 1908. George V strongly opposed the concept of revoking a Victoria Cross, and directed Lord Stamfordham to express this view forcefully in a letter.
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„I look upon him as the greatest criminal known for having plunged the world into war.“

—  George V of the United Kingdom

Alleged statement about his cousin Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany (1918)
Attributed

„After I am dead, the boy will ruin himself in twelve months.“

—  George V of the United Kingdom

Statement to Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, referring to his son, Edward, Prince of Wales
Quoted in Keith Middlemas and John Barnes, Baldwin (1969) ch.34

„I said to your predecessor: 'You know what they're all saying, no more coals to Newcastle, no more Hoares to Paris.' The fellow didn't even laugh.“

—  George V of the United Kingdom

Said to Anthony Eden on 23 December 1935 following the furore that erupted over the Hoare-Laval Pact.
Quoted in Earl of Avon, Facing the Dictators (1962) pt.2 ch.1

„They make me look like a stuffed monkey.“

—  George V of the United Kingdom

Allegedly said about two postage stamps issued in 1911.
Attributed

„What did you do about peeing?“

—  George V of the United Kingdom

Allegedly said to Charles Lindbergh after he flew the Atlantic solo in an aeroplane.
Attributed

„How's the Empire?“

—  George V of the United Kingdom

On the morning of his death; quoted in Kenneth Rose, King George V (1983), ch.10

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