Great Britain

King George V

King George V was crowned in 1911. It was during King George’s reign that the first commemorative postage stamps were issued within the UK. A new process was also introduced whereby stamps were produced from a photographic negative transferred to a metal plate and etched in, known as photogravure. George’s reign was not without difficulties, including the beginning of the First World War; he made over 450 visits to troops while continuing to campaign towards the humane treatment of prisoners-of-war in Germany.

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The anti-German feeling across the country subsequently led to George adopting the family name of Windsor after the castle of the same name. During his reign, King George also played a diplomatic role during the Easter Rising in Dublin, Ireland, and civil war which followed.

He died on 20 January 1936, leading way for the succession to the throne of his eldest son, Edward VIII.