Eight months after celebrating his Silver Jubilee, King George the Fifth, King of Great Britain and Emperor of India, died at Sandringham, the royal family's country home in Norfolk.
Eight months after celebrating his Silver Jubilee, King George the Fifth, King of Great Britain and Emperor of India, died at Sandringham, the royal family's country home in Norfolk. Despite medical advice, he had insisted on wintering in England, and on January 20, 1936, he succumbed to a chill.
In a coffin made by the village carpenter, his body was brought by train to London's Kings Cross station Jan 23. His four sons - the uncrowned King Edward VIII who abdicated eleven months later; the Duke of York, who succeeded him as King George VI; and the Dukes of Gloucester and Kent - led members of the mourning royal family, who followed the coffin as it was borne through the streets on a gun carriage to Westminster Abbey, where it lay in State for four days while his former subjects paid homage to the much loved monarch.
Six kings attended the January 28 funeral. On a gun carriage ceremoniously dragged by mon of the Royal Navy - a branch of the Services he had loved since joining as a cadet at the age of twelve - his body was put aboard a train at Waterloo station and taken to Windsor, where he was buried with his parents at St. George's Chapel. Crowds lining the route to the station were greater than any previously seen in London's streets.
Grandson of Queen Victoria, the 71-year old bearded monarch succeeded tot he throne after the death of his father, King Edward VII, on May 6,1910. He was crowned in Westminster Abbey in the following June. His consort, Queen Mary, outlived him by 17 years. She died at Marlborough House, London, where King George V was born, and where she had lived since his death.