The Reluctant King. Prince Albert Frederick Arthur George (1895--1952), 2nd son of King George V of England and the one his father wanted to succeed him. That wish came true when Albert's older brother, King Edward VIII, abdicated, paving the way for Prince Albert to become King George VI. His daughter, Elizabeth II succeeded him.
George VI (1895-1952), father of Queen Elizabeth II. He became king unexpectedly when his brother Edward VII abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson. He had a terrible stammer, but nevertheless gave speeches and radio broadcasts. A heavy smoker, he had a lung removed when a malignant tumor was discovered. He died of coronary thrombosis at the age of 56. His wife, the Queen Mother, outlived him by 50 years.
King George V (1865-1936) was known as 'The Sailor King' because he was in the Navy when his older brother Eddy suddenly died at age 27, leaving him heir to the throne. Eddy had been engaged to Mary of Teck; George and Mary married a year after Eddy's death. He became King in 1910 after the death of Edward VIII. He was a homebody who disliked going into 'society'; his primary hobbies were hunting and stamp collecting. A heavy smoker, he had lung problems for much of his later life.