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date: 22 September 2023

George V 1865–1936
British monarch, King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1910 

  1. I venture to allude to the impression which seemed generally to prevail among their brethren across the seas, that the Old Country must wake up if she intends to maintain her old position of pre-eminence in her Colonial trade against foreign competitors.
    speech at Guildhall, 5 December 1901, reprinted in 1911 under the title ‘Wake up, England’
  2. I have many times asked myself whether there can be more potent advocates of peace upon earth through the years to come than this massed multitude of silent witnesses to the desolation of war.
    message read at Terlincthun Cemetery, Boulogne, 13 May 1922
  3. After I am dead, the boy will ruin himself in twelve months.
    of his son, the future Edward VIII
    Keith Middlemas and John Barnes Baldwin (1969) ch. 34
  4. on H. G. Wells's comment on ‘an alien and uninspiring court’:
    I may be uninspiring, but I'll be damned if I'm an alien!
    Sarah Bradford George VI (1989); attributed
  5. My father was frightened of his mother; I was frightened of my father, and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me.
    attributed, perhaps apocryphal; Randolph S. Churchill Lord Derby (1959)
  6. Bugger Bognor.
    on his deathbed in 1936, when someone remarked ‘Cheer up, your Majesty, you will soon be at Bognor again’; alternatively, a comment made in 1929, when it was proposed that the town be named Bognor Regis on account of the king's convalescence there after a serious illness
    probably apocryphal; Kenneth Rose King George V (1983) ch. 9