HM King George V

Prince George Frederick Ernest Albert was born on 3rd June 1865 and acceded to the throne on 6th May 1910 to become King George V. As Prince of Wales he was appointed Honorary Colonel to the Suffolk Yeomanry, the 3rd Middlesex Artillery Militia and the 3rd West Yorks Militia in 1892, and Skinner's Horse in 1899. The Royal Fusiliers was the first regiment to appoint him to the position of Colonel-in-Chief, in 1900, while he was still Prince George. After that he was Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Marines and the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in 1901, The QO Cameron Highlanders in 1902 and the KRRC in 1904.

In 1910, after he became King, he was Colonel-in-Chief of the Household Cavalry, the Norfolk Yeomanry, the Grenadier, Coldstream and Scots Guards, Royal artillery, Royal Engineers and the Royal Irish Fusiliers. In 1911, the Norfolk Regiment, in 1912 the Black Watch, in 1913 the King's Own Royal Lancasters, in 1915 the Welsh Guards and in 1918 the Tank Corps. In 1922 he was Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Dragoons, replacing the Kaiser, in 1927 the King's Liverpool, and 1930 the Manchester Regiment. As well as these British regiments he was Colonel-in-Chief of numerous Indian and other Empire regiments, also some foreign regiments. The photo is of Prince George at around the time that he was appointed to the Royal Fusiliers.

Regimental Details | Colonels-in-Chief


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