15 February 1952

King George VI of the United Kingdom is buried in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

King George VI, born Albert Frederick Arthur George Windsor, was the King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from December 11, 1936, until his death on February 6, 1952. He was born on December 14, 1895, and was the second son of King George V and Queen Mary. His elder brother was Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne in 1936, leading to George VI’s unexpected ascension to the throne.

George VI was not initially expected to become king, as his older brother, Edward VIII, was next in line. However, when Edward VIII chose to abdicate in order to marry Wallis Simpson, George VI reluctantly assumed the throne. His reign was marked by significant challenges, including World War II and the subsequent transformation of the British Empire into the Commonwealth of Nations.

During the war, George VI played a crucial role in boosting morale, particularly through his radio broadcasts to the nation. He and his wife, Queen Elizabeth (later known as the Queen Mother), also undertook extensive tours of the United Kingdom and visited troops stationed abroad. His steadfast leadership during this tumultuous period earned him widespread respect and admiration.

Following the war, George VI’s health began to decline. He died of coronary thrombosis on February 6, 1952, at the age of 56. His eldest daughter, Princess Elizabeth, ascended the throne as Queen Elizabeth II, beginning a new era in British history. George VI’s reign is remembered for his sense of duty, his devotion to his country, and his role in guiding the monarchy through one of its most challenging periods.