6 Facts About George V

1. At the procession to George V's lying in state in Westminster Hall part of the Imperial State Crown fell from on top of the coffin and landed in the gutter as the cortege turned into New Palace Yard.

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2. In 1932, George V agreed to deliver a Royal Christmas speech on the radio, an event that became annual thereafter.

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3. In 1926, George V hosted an Imperial Conference in London at which the Balfour Declaration accepted the growth of the British Dominions into self-governing "autonomous Communities within the British Empire, equal in status, in no way subordinate one to another".

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4. In 1924, George V appointed the first Labour Prime Minister, Ramsay MacDonald, in the absence of a clear majority for any one of the three major parties.

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5. On 9 November 1901, George V was created Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester.

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6. In 1917, George V became the first monarch of the House of Windsor, which he renamed from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha as a result of anti-German public sentiment.

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