George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert, 3 June 1865 – 20 January 1936) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910 until his death in 1936. Grandson of Queen Victoria and the second son of Edward the Price of Wales, George would become the heir to the British throne upon the early death of his elder brother Albert Victor.
As George V he would be the reigning monarch during World War One and would change to family name from the Germanic sounding Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to the very British intoned Windsor.
Photographed in the uniform of the Royal Navy and eventually rising to the rank of commander, George served in the navy until 1891. He traveled the world and visited many areas of the British Empire. He also acquired many tattoos, and a parrot that he took home to England.
This photograph dates from around 1890. The photographer, W & D Downey was only active at this set of addresses until 1890. This actually dates the photograph to before George was created Duke of York by his grandmother, Queen
Victoria in 1892.
W & D Downey - Photographer
57 & 61 Ebury Street, London S W, England