HM King George V

George became heir to the throne when his elder brother Albert Victor, died in 1892. He acceded to the throne on 6 May 1910 and became Colonel-in-Chief of the four regiments of Foot Guards. He had served in the Navy as a cadet and midshipman c1880 and is more usually associated with the Royal Navy. However, he was, before acceding to the throne, Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Fusiliers (1900), The Royal Marines (1901), The Royal Welsh Fusiliers (1901), The Cameron Highlanders (1902) and the KRRC (1904). He also held that position in many regiments throughout the British Empire and in Europe. He is photographed here in the uniform of the Scots Guards in 1911. He attended Trooping the Colour parades 4 times before World War One. Full dress was resumed in 1921 and he attended parades until 1935 except for 1926 when it was cancelled due to the General Strike, and 1929 and 1930 when he was ill.

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