Monday, April 25, 2011
Object of the Day: A Souvenir of the Silver Jubilee of George V and Queen Mary
We’ll begin with an object from my own collection. I’ve mentioned repeatedly my fondness for Mary of Teck (wife of King George V) and the manner in which she augmented and protected the Royal Collection. Mary and George V were the Great Great Grandparents of Prince William of Wales. They were the parents of King George VI (and the uncrowned King Edward VIII), William’s Great Grandfather. George V reigned from 1910 to 1935, celebrating their silver jubilee after twenty-five years. George V died shortly after celebrating his Silver Jubilee. The events which followed—the abdication of King Edward VIII—set into motion the order of ascension which puts Prince William in place as second in line for the throne.
While George V was known as being rather strict and difficult with his family, he also had a soft side, and was remembered fondly by his granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II, who, as a little girl, referred to him as “Grandfather England.”
Each step that the Royal forebears took led us to Friday’s special event. I’m looking forward to retracing these steps with you as we approach the Royal Wedding on Friday.