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King George VI: Brother, Husband, King

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This title is a part of the series The Royal Documentaries

Catalogue Number:  BAM1296
Producer:  Blue Ant Media
Subject:  Biography, Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Canadian World Studies, Documentary, Entertainment, Global Issues, Global Studies, History, Politics, Social Sciences, Social Studies, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2020
Running Time:  45:00

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Albert Frederick Arthur George Saxe-Coburg-Gotha was not born to be King, that role was for his elder brother Edward. If anything, Albert was ill-suited to the role; shy, reticent, lonely and affected by a stammer from childhood. And yet, his father said of him "I pray God that my eldest son will never marry and that nothing will come between Bertie and Lilibet and the throne."

 This documentary examines how that shy and unimpressive boy went on to become a national inspiration in Britain's darkest days during the Second World War. How did key relationships shape who he became? His brother's longing for personal happiness ahead of duty forced Albert to become King George VI, but would he have succeeded in this position without the devotion of his wife, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon?

 George VI was determined to return the monarchy to a state of steadfast stability after the brief reign of his brother Edward. His lasting legacy is seen to this day in the role his daughter Elizabeth plays as a devoted monarch to her subjects.

THE ROYAL DOCUMENTARIES is a collection of documentaries providing an inside peek and several never before-seen images of the Royals, while offering a look at their lives through a lens of historical context and cultural significance. The documentaries cover a vast majority of subjects, including but not limited to William and Kate, Harry and Meghan, Princess Anne, Princess Margaret, and Princess Diana.

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