King George V


3/19/04


Remembered as a great English Ruler, King George led an amazing and


complete life. George Frederick Ernest Albert was born on June 3, 1865 to


Edward VII and Alexandra. His place of birth was the Marlborough House in


London. He was the second son of the Prince of Wales. His grandmother was


Queen Victoria.George was the favorite son of his mother, Princess Alexandra.


Mother and son used to spend long hours talking and reading outloud. In the


evenings they prayed together. Alexandra tought her son the faith and religious


practices that would characterize him during all his life. He did not receive


education that a future king would usually receive but that was because it was


believed he would have plenty of time to receive that knowledge before


becoming king. He went to the Royal Naval College at Greenwich. His brother


also joined him in the navy. They traveled to South America, West Indies,


Australia, Japan, and China. George continued in naval service but his brother


went to Trinity College.


The Queen invited Princess May to Balmoral in order to get to know her


better and to make sure that the young Princess would make a suitable future


Queen for Prince Eddy. December 3, he proposed and she accepted. His


brother then died on January 14, 1892, less than a week after his birthday.


When his brother died the throne of England was descended to Prince George,


who was 26 and unmarried. His brother\'s death caused his nerves to shatter


and suffer from insomnia. The whole country feared that another tragedy could


hit the Royal family and something could happen to Prince George. It was


extremely important that the Prince got married.


Queen Victoria had an idea of a bride for Prince George, but that was


before his brother died. It was Princess Marie of Edimburgh, George\'s cousin


Missy. George and Missy were fond of each other and in 1892, a marriage


proposal was made to Missy\'s parents on George\'s behalf, but her mother did


not want her to marry him and made her reject him. The Queen then decided


that the only other choice was Princess May. His parents were not too


enthusiastic about it because they thought it was wrong to pass a bride from


their dead son to his living brother and it might also show that she had not cared


for Eddy. Also, George was not sure how she felt about him. While out of town


with him mother and sisters, George wrote affectionate letters to May.


George returned to London on April 29 and went to Sheen to stay with his


sister. On May 2 he ate with the Teck family. The next afternoon she went to go


have tea with his sister but in the Sheen\'s garden George proposed to her and


she accepted. They told the rest of the family immediately. They were married


on July 6, 1893. After the ceremony, the newly-wed went to Sandringham by


train for their honeymoon.


Almost a year later, Prince George and Princess May had their first baby.


The evening of June 23, 1894, Princess May gave birth to Prince Edward Albert


Christian George Andrew Patrick David, known in the family just as David. On


December 14, 1895, Pirncess May gave birth to a second son, Prince Alfred


Frederick Arthur George, known in the family as Bertie. A year and a half later,


in the year of Queen Victoria\'s Diamond Jubilee, Princess May gave birth to her


third child. It was a girl and she was Prince George and Princess May\'s only


daughter. She was named Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary and was called just


Mary. On October 11, 1899, the Boer War broke out in South Africa. Prince


George and Pricness May took over many of the duties of the Prince\'s parents.


On March 31, 1900, while England was still in war, Princess May gave birth to


her forth child, Prince Henry.


By the winter of 1900, the Boer War was almost over and Queen


Victoria\'s health was not doing so well. She died just at the beginning of the


new century, on the evening of January 22, 1901 at Osborne House. Prince


George\'s father became King Edward VII and George became direct heir to


the throne. By