King George V
Person Born 3/6/1865 Died 20/1/1936
Reigned: 1910 - 1936. Born third in line to the throne, after his father (who became King Edward VII) and Prince Albert Victor, who died early. Married Princess Mary of Teck in 1893. Shy and solitary, he was good friends with his cousin Nicholas II of Russia, who had a similar disposition, having spent childhood holidays together. They also looked alike, to the extent that they could be mistaken for each other. When Nicholas II abdicated in 1917 the British government offered asylum but George was vigorously opposed. Nicholas was not popular in Britain and George did not wish to be so closely associated with him. 18 months later the whole Russian royal family was assassinated.