GEORGE VI (r. 1936-52)
George VI, a conscientious and dedicated man, worked hard to adapt to the role into which he was suddenly thrown. In 1923 he had married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon; and he carried out many official engagements at home and abroad, and established The Duke of York's Summer Camps for boys from all backgrounds. Reserved by nature, and of deep religious belief, he did not expect to become King.
The King paid a State Visit to France in 1938, and to Canada and the United States in 1939 (he was the first British monarch to enter the United States). His dedication to duty, particularly during the Second World War, when he remained for most of the time at Buckingham Palace (the Palace was bombed nine times during the war), and when he and his wife visited severely bombed areas in the East End of London and elsewhere in the country, gained him great popularity. The King developed a close working relationship with his wartime Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, as most of Europe fell to Nazi Germany.
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