Tag Archives: George VI

The Second-Borns who took the Throne

21 months ago I posted this as we waited for the announcement of the royal baby’s name. They beat me to it this year though, and last week we heard that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Recent changes to the law assure that Charlotte’s place in the succession will not be affected by any future brothers that she has. Instead she can only be bumped down, as she would if she were a boy, by any future heirs that George produces. As fourth in line to the throne she isn’t expected to become queen, but stranger things have happened! Join me on a rundown of the ‘spares’ that took the throne, (and not all of them because their elder sibling died.) Continue reading


The History of: The King’s Speech

Right, normal blogging resuming in 5,4,3,2…

My most recent article The History of: The Young Victoria touches on the role of Prince Albert in modernising the monarchy with the advent of new inventions. This theme continues in The King’s Speech (2010) showing the monarchy having to adapt to the popularity of radio and the rising use of television. In the film, this poses particular problems for Prince Albert, Duke of York who has a prominent stutter, leaving public recordings something of an ordeal for audience and the prince alike. The King’s Speech shows Albert’s struggle to overcome his stutter with the help Australian speech therapist, Lionel Logue, against the backdrop of 1920s/30s Europe, the rise of Nazism and predominantly; the abdication crisis.

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