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Austria’s health minister wants to ban smoking in all restaurants


Austria's minister of health has announced a plan to completely ban smoking in all restaurants by 2018.

Health minister Alois Stöger says Austria’s partial smoking bans are not doing the job, and he’s announced his intention to push through a complete ban on smoking in restaurants by 2018.

According to The Local, partial smoking bans have been in effect since 2008. Smoking is technically banned in all enclosed public spaces, but there are exceptions for some bars, cafes, and restaurants, and smoking in the workplace is even allowed as long as nobody objects. Though the rules should theoretically cut down dramatically on smoking in bars and restaurants, the ban is reportedly widely ignored by authorities and staff at bars and cafes.

A spokesperson for the Vienna hospitality industry says a more comprehensive smoking ban is unnecessary, but Austria’s health counselors and Medical Association are completely behind the plan.

According to the Austrian Medical Association, studies indicate young Austrians would smoke only half as much if they could not smoke in cafés, bars, and restaurants. There is also concern about the effects of secondhand smoke on the hospitality workers who have to be around customers’ smoke all day.

"Austria must take the next step," said Vienna health counselor Sonja Wehsely. "A smoking ban in restaurants is already normal in Europe."

As Ottawa ponders public pot ban, Denver opens door to smoking rooms

As the City of Ottawa begins to ponder its options for regulating marijuana — including an outright ban on public consumption of the drug — Denver, Colo., is setting the stage for legal smoking rooms, and at least one pot advocate there is recommending this city loosen up.

Denver is about to become the first jurisdiction in North America to license businesses for the public consumption of marijuana, long considered a glaring policy hole in Colorado's relatively liberal pot laws.

"It's time to end that feeling of shame," said Taylor Rosean, who's working with a group applying to open a new business in downtown Denver called "Vape and Play," where patrons will be able to consume marijuana using cannabis vaporizers.

When pot became legal in Colorado in 2014, Denver's bylaws forbade its smoking in public spaces, including parks. The regulations also prevented tourists, renters and some condo owners from smoking marijuana legally, anywhere.

Rosean said that forced people "in the shadows" to smoke, and he's recommending Ottawa learn from his city's mistakes and start its legal pot regime off on the right foot.

"You can't half-legalize something," said Rosean. "You're just going to have an increase in community friction, citations and illegal public consumption."

City ponders smoking ban revisions

Chad Lawhorn

The city’s smoking ban debate isn’t just for bars and restaurants anymore. The show is now on the road.

City commissioners Tuesday will consider changes to the city’s smoking ban, including creating a provision that would make it legal to smoke in a company vehicle. That’s illegal under the current ban.

And Dr. Steven Bruner, an anti-smoking activist, says it should stay that way. Bruner, who has been one of the more vocal supporters of the ban, said employees should have the right to be free from smoke in a car, too.

“Say you are in a company and you are in a car with three other employees who are smokers and you have to breathe that crap,” Bruner said. “If they make this change, you’ll have no legal leg to stand on.”

Bruner said he understood that the vehicle portion of the current ordinance was difficult to enforce, but he said it left open the possibility employees could file a complaint with city officials and have the activity stopped.

“This whole ordinance is pretty much complaint-based anyway,” Bruner said. “It is not that anybody expects a police officer to start pulling people over for smoking in a vehicle. But if there are other employees in there, they should be protected.”

Phil Bradley, executive director of the Kansas Licensed Beverage Assn. and strong opponent of the public smoking ban, agreed. He said exempting company vehicles would just show that the city really isn’t concerned about protecting employee health – the stated reason for the ban.

“I guess protecting the health of those employees isn’t as important,” Bradley said.

The city’s staff attorneys, though, are recommending the change because they said the vehicle provision was difficult to enforce for several reasons. One is that the fire department is the primary enforcement agency for the ban, but it has no ability to pull vehicles over. Plus, Scott Miller, a staff attorney, said it often was difficult to determine whether a vehicle actually was being used for company business or personal business. Also, he said, there are concerns about company vehicles from outside Lawrence traveling through the city and unknowingly violating the ordinance.

Staff members also are suggesting changes to other parts of the ordinance. Specifically, the commission will consider changes that would clarify when a business owner is guilty of violating the ban. The new ordinance would make it clear that bar, restaurant or other business owners would not be guilty of violating the ordinance if a patron was smoking in their establishments without the owner or manager’s knowledge. But the revised ordinance also would make clear that owners or managers could be found guilty if they simply ignored the smoking activity.

Those proposed changes are significantly different from changes suggested by city attorneys in June. Those changes would have made owners and managers prove that they did not know a person was smoking in their establishments. Miller said staff members made the latest changes after city commissioners directed staff to try to reach a compromise with bar and restaurant owners.

Bradley said the attempt still fell short. Bradley said he still would like for business owners to be provided with a checklist of specific actions they must take that would ensure they would not be subject to prosecution.

Boston Ponders Even Tougher Regulations on Tobacco

BOSTON — For Jay McGwire, Churchill’s cigar bar here is a place to relax and strike up conversations while sipping a stout and smoking a cigar.

“I come here and I meet nice people,” Mr. McGwire said. “And I can’t smoke cigars in my house.”

But Mr. McGwire worries that he will eventually not be able to light up at Churchill’s, either. The Boston Public Health Commission is proposing some of the nation’s strictest smoking regulations, banning the sale of cigarettes at drugstores and on college campuses, and shutting down the city’s 10 cigar and hookah bars by 2013.

The goal, the commission said, is to discourage young people from buying tobacco products, to keep a harmful product out of stores that promote health, and to protect employees who are exposed to secondhand smoke.

The Board of Health will vote on the regulations on Nov. 13. If approved they will take effect within 60 days.

“Should tobacco be treated as any other consumer good? No,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of the Board of Health. “We don’t sell guns everywhere, we don’t sell alcohol everywhere and we don’t need to be selling tobacco everywhere. They’re all dangerous products, and they all require regulation.”

The proposal has angered smokers and small business leaders, who say the pharmacies and cigar bars are unfairly being singled out.

“We believe, frankly, it’s discriminatory,” said Jon Hurst, president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, which represents small businesses, including pharmacies. “It’s tying the hands of sellers and consumers alike, and that isn’t what government should be about.”

San Francisco passed a regulation in July banning the sale of cigarettes in drug stores. It was challenged in court, and a judge allowed the ban to begin on Oct. 1 despite the pending lawsuit.

Boston, however, takes the policy further with curbs on cigarettes on campuses and plans to close the smoking establishments. The smoking bars were exempted from a 2003 ban on smoking in all city workplaces, including bars and restaurants.

Ms. Ferrer, the health director, said the proposal was aimed at the growing number of hookah bars near college campuses, where patrons smoke flavored tobacco out of a water pipe.

The bars, she said, tend to attract 18- to 20-year-olds, who are too young to drink at a bar but want for a place to hang out.

“It’s a way to entice nonsmokers to smoke,” said Ms. Ferrer, adding that she started smoking unfiltered cigarettes at age 12 and quit 10 years later. “They’re marketed to kids in Boston who can’t go to a regular bar.”

But people who want to smoke and employees of the establishments where they can still do so say their rights are being threatened.

“They shouldn’t be in the business of putting local businesses out of business,” said Drinnan Thornton, a bartender at Churchill’s. “It’s an issue of free choice. Cigar lounges aren’t frequented by people who don’t smoke.”

Mr. Thornton said he did not believe that the city needed to protect him as an employee.

“None of us are affected by the dangers of secondhand smoke, because we all enjoy firsthand smoke,” Mr. Thornton said.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who championed the workplace smoking ban in 2003 but who has not taken a public position on the Health Commission’s ban, says that steps should be taken to keep tobacco products away from young people but that the financial well-being of small businesses should be considered.

“The mayor is a little concerned about the longstanding businesses,” said Dot Joyce, a spokeswoman for Mr. Menino, who said he was most concerned about the hookah bars attracting young customers, rather than cigar bars that attract a niche clientele, but was also concerned about small pharmacies.

“It’s an issue he believes the Boston Public Health Commission is taking very seriously,” Ms. Joyce said, “and taking into account all the different scenarios for small businesses. He’s comfortable they’ll make the right decision.”

Dan Loperfido, 20, a sophomore at Boston University who is a member of the university’s cigar club, said the city should not shut down cigar bars. “We’re not hurting anyone here,” Mr. Loperfido said. And banning tobacco on campuses would not be much of a deterrent, he added. “If kids really want cigarettes or cigars,” he said, “they’ll find them.”

Chewing Gum

Where: Singapore

Wrigley’s, Trident, Hubba Bubba — forget about them. Since 2004, Singapore has enforced a strict no-chewing, no-importing gum policy across the country. Don’t even think about chewing gum on the down low since any sign of a foiled stick will land you a $700 fine.

This Bazooka madness started back in 1983 when then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew reviewed a proposal to ban gum due to sticky issues across the country. The cost of scraping chewed gum off public areas, especially in the transit system, resulted in future Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong officially putting his foot down in 1992. From chewing to importing, he took it up a notch by signing specific terms into the 2003 Free Trade Agreement with President George W. Bush. If you’re chomping down for dental benefits or as a stop-smoking aid, you’re in luck. The government has made exceptions for prescribed alternatives and nicotine gum, but be sure to carry a note from your doctor.

Brookfield ponders smoking ban in village parks

At the prompting of Village President Michael Garvey, the Brookfield village board Monday night kicked around a proposal to ban smoking in the village’s parks. But after a lukewarm reception by trustees, the issue will head to the Brookfield Playgrounds and Recreation Commission for further study and a possible recommendation.

Garvey said the issue was brought to his attention while watching baseball games at Kiwanis Park with other parents.

“There are people who have approached me regarding smoking by coaches on the field, in the dugout or near the dugout,” Garvey said. “My thought is to give this to the rec board and have them conduct meetings [about the issue].”

The smoking laws currently on the books in Brookfield don’t address the subject of smoking in outdoor areas at all. The village’s ordinance reflects the state’s Clean Air Act, which allows smoking indoors in designated areas and in bars.

The village board passed the ordinance earlier this year in response to Cook County’s more comprehensive smoking ban, which prohibits smoking in all indoor public spaces. That law went into effect in March for all towns in Cook County unless the municipality chose to pass its own ordinance.

Brookfield’s ordinance may become void if Gov. Rod Blagojevich signs a bill currently on his desk that would prohibit smoking in public places statewide. That bill has already passed both houses of the state legislature. However, the state bill doesn’t address outdoor smoking.

Riverside is on the verge of passing a smoking ban for parks in that village under the jurisdiction of the Recreation Department. According to Riverside’s current law, smoking is not allowed within 25 feet of a recreational activity, area or park bench. The complete ban is being considered in part because some trustees and the Riverside Playgrounds and Recreation Commission feel that the 25-foot regulation is too difficult to enforce.

Brookfield Trustee Michael Towner, a former member of the Brookfield Playgrounds and Recreation Commission, stated that he supported a smoking ban in the parks “for the health of our children. We should look into this closely.”

But Trustee Cathy Colgrass Edwards, the village’s former recreation director, said the ban was problematic.

“I’m a little concerned from the aspect of when there’s a picnic where a family rents the pavilion,” she said. “They’re having a picnic for family and friends. I don’t know if I like the idea of restricting their fun in that respect.”

Edwards also questioned the ability of enforce the ban.

“I don’t know if the police could enforce something like that,” Edwards said. “If we do it, let’s do it so it can be enforced.”

Trustee C.P. Hall felt that a complete ban in the parks was inappropriate, but hinted he might support a ban in certain areas of the park, such as near the baseball fields, park equipment or concession stands.

“If there was a ban around the bleacher section, I’d go along with that,” Hall said. “But to ban smoking in the entire park I think is a step too far.”

There are two other former Playgrounds and Recreation Commission members, Yvonne Prause and David LeClere, on the village board. Neither expressed an opinion on the proposed ban on Monday.

The recreation commission will likely take up the matter at its meeting July.

Quebec ponders making masks mandatory after banning the veil

Less than a year after passing a secularism law forcing certain members of religious minorities to uncover their heads and faces, Quebec is now debating whether to force everybody to put masks on.

As the province at the centre of Canada’s coronavirus outbreak, Quebec is currently “strongly recommending” that citizens wear masks – but the measure will not be mandatory.

Asked why not, Horacio Arruda, the province’s public health director, told reporters: “You need to have a good argument for infringing on individual rights for the sake of a collective right.”

But such arguments ring hollow to Nour Farhat, a Montreal lawyer whose dreams of being a Crown prosecutor were dashed after the Quebec government passed legislation last year barring certain public sector workers from wearing religious symbols at work.

The law – known as Bill 21 – mainly affects Muslim women working in education, law and other public sectors.

“Bill 21 violates the rights of religious minorities without a real or urgent situation. And now that we’re in a real and urgent situation, the premier cares about violating people’s rights,” Farhat said.

“For them, it was always OK to violate the rights of religious minorities.”

Bill 21 has always permitted masks for medical reasons, and government media representatives say their hesitancy on masks is not related to that law.

A woman wearing a mask leaves a Costco store in Montreal last month. Photograph: Graham Hughes/AP

But head and face coverings carry a certain political weight in Quebec. Recent years have seen multiple instances of people trying to snatch hijabs from women’s heads in the province. And only last year did Montreal reverse a seven-year ban on people wearing masks at protests.

The contradictions have inspired wry commentary: the Canadian satire website the Beaverton recently published a story headlined “Quebec suddenly fine with people covering their faces”.

There is precedent for making masks mandatory, said the prominent civil rights lawyer Julius Grey, who said that the ban on smoking indoors was upheld despite suggestions that it infringed on aspects of the country’s charter of rights.

“The charter says ‘life, liberty and security of the person’. You can’t just put the stress on liberty and forget life and security,” he said. “I think it would be lawful to require a mask reasonably [in enclosed spaces], as long as it’s not done in a discriminatory manner.”

He added that physical distancing measures currently enacted may already violate some charter rights, such as freedom of association – albeit for good reason.

Quebec has seen more cases of coronavirus and more deaths than any other region of Canada, but the provincial government has delivered mixed messages on whether masks help limit the spread of Covid-19.

On 18 March, Arruda said in a minute-long video public service announcement: “Masks don’t prevent community transmission … If you want to protect yourself, it’s not the mask that matters. Just wash your hands.”

A string of conflicting statements from provincial and federal officials followed, until Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr Theresa Tam, said in early April that wearing masks in public would help limit the spread of Covid-19. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have made similar statements.

Globally, examples abound of communities that implemented mandatory masks. Jena, a German city of about 110,000, did so in late March and saw a swift slowdown in Covid-19 infection rates. Its approach has been so successful that it was able to reopen bars and restaurants this past week.

A spokesperson for the Quebec government said there were no plans to make masks mandatory until scientific evidence is published showing that they reduce community transmission of Covid-19 and enough can be provided to supply the entire province.

San Francisco Ponders Smoking and Vaping Ban for Tobacco and Marijuana, Mexico Mass Grave Has 113 Bodies, More. (11/24/20)

Fort Worth, Texas, prosecutors will dismiss minor marijuana charges with one big caveat, Colombia's defense minister says coca eradication is on track, and more.

Fort Worth to Dismiss Small Time Pot Cases -- If People Pass Three Drug Tests in Three Months [15] . The Tarrant County (Fort Worth) Criminal District Attorney's Office has announced it will dismiss minor marijuana possession cases, but only if the defendant passes three drug tests in three months. Possession of less than two ounces of marijuana is the most common criminal charge in the county. "One of the goals of the criminal justice system is rehabilitation sobriety is the beginning of that rehabilitation, "Tarrant County Criminal DA Sharen Wilson said. "When you bring proof of three months of sobriety -- 90 days -- the charge will be dismissed."

San Francisco Bid to Ban Smoking, Including Marijuana, in Apartment Buildings Draws Opposition [16] . City Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee has introduced a measure that would bar people from smoking or vaping tobacco and marijuana in their apartments. The measure would apply to buildings with at least three units. But the move is drawing opposition from progressive LGBTQ groups and medical and recreational marijuana advocates. Yee's plan allows for medical marijuana, but that isn't soothing advocates. A vote before the full board is set for December 1.


Colombian Defense Minister Says County Will Meet 2020 Coca Eradication Target [17] . Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo said Monday that the country will meet its 2020 coca eradication target. The government had set a target of 320,000 acres eradicated and has so far eradicated about 300,000 acres. That's an increase of 30% over last year. The program includes aerial eradication operations involving the probably poisonous substance herbicide glyphosate, and is unlikely to make more than a short-term dent in cultivation [18] .

Mass Grave With At Least 113 Bodies Found in Mexico's Jalisco State [19] . A mass grave in Jalisco state that was discovered on October 2 has now yielded at least 113 bodies. Jalisco is one of the most violent drug cartel battlegrounds in the country and is the home of the most bodies found in clandestine mass graves since 2006, according to a recent government report.

Smoke on the trails: State ponders smoking ban

Smoking at Oregon state parks could soon be a thing of the past, as the state Park and Recreation Department considers changing its rules. A public hearing took place Tuesday night in Bend.

If approved, the rule would ban smoking in outdoor areas, like hiking trails. Smoking is already banned inside public buildings in the parks.

Smokers still would be able to smoke in personal vehicles, tents and RVs, plus campsites in developed overnight camping areas.

“There is obviously the second-hand smoke issues,” Richard Walkoski with OPRD said. “But even a larger issue for us is the litter that was left behind, the cigarette butts.”

The goals of the department’s proposal are to reduce litter and protect natural resources within the parks.

Since last week, the state has been looking for feedback on the issue. Four public hearings were scheduled across Oregon.

One thing that has come up frequently is how the current new rule would not ban smoking on Oregon beaches.

“They (the commission) may instruct us to go forward and look at smoking restrictions, or at least have some public hearings on smoking restrictions on the ocean shore,” Walkoski said.


George was born on 3 June 1865, in Marlborough House, London. He was the second son of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, and Alexandra, Princess of Wales. His father was the eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and his mother was the eldest daughter of King Christian IX and Queen Louise of Denmark. He was baptised at Windsor Castle on 7 July 1865 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Charles Longley. [1]

As a younger son of the Prince of Wales, there was little expectation that George would become king. He was third in line to the throne, after his father and elder brother, Prince Albert Victor. George was only 17 months younger than Albert Victor, and the two princes were educated together. John Neale Dalton was appointed as their tutor in 1871. Neither Albert Victor nor George excelled intellectually. [2] As their father thought that the navy was "the very best possible training for any boy", [3] in September 1877, when George was 12 years old, both brothers joined the cadet training ship HMS Britannia at Dartmouth, Devon. [4]

For three years from 1879, the royal brothers served on HMS Bacchante, accompanied by Dalton. They toured the colonies of the British Empire in the Caribbean, South Africa and Australia, and visited Norfolk, Virginia, as well as South America, the Mediterranean, Egypt, and East Asia. In 1881 on a visit to Japan, George had a local artist tattoo a blue and red dragon on his arm, [5] and was received in an audience by the Emperor Meiji George and his brother presented Empress Haruko with two wallabies from Australia. [6] Dalton wrote an account of their journey entitled The Cruise of HMS Bacchante. [7] Between Melbourne and Sydney, Dalton recorded a sighting of the Flying Dutchman, a mythical ghost ship. [8] When they returned to Britain, the Queen complained that her grandsons could not speak French or German, and so they spent six months in Lausanne in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to learn another language. [9] After Lausanne, the brothers were separated Albert Victor attended Trinity College, Cambridge, while George continued in the Royal Navy. He travelled the world, visiting many areas of the British Empire. During his naval career he commanded Torpedo Boat 79 in home waters, then HMS Thrush on the North America and West Indies Station. His last active service was in command of HMS Melampus in 1891–92. From then on, his naval rank was largely honorary. [10]

As a young man destined to serve in the navy, Prince George served for many years under the command of his uncle, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, who was stationed in Malta. There, he grew close to and fell in love with his cousin, Princess Marie of Edinburgh. His grandmother, father and uncle all approved the match, but his mother and aunt—the Princess of Wales and Maria Alexandrovna, Duchess of Edinburgh—opposed it. The Princess of Wales thought the family was too pro-German, and the Duchess of Edinburgh disliked England. The Duchess, the only daughter of Alexander II of Russia, resented the fact that, as the wife of a younger son of the British sovereign, she had to yield precedence to George's mother, the Princess of Wales, whose father had been a minor German prince before being called unexpectedly to the throne of Denmark. Guided by her mother, Marie refused George when he proposed to her. She married Ferdinand, the future King of Romania, in 1893. [11]

In November 1891, George's elder brother, Albert Victor, became engaged to his second cousin once removed Princess Victoria Mary of Teck, known as "May" within the family. [12] Her parents were Francis, Duke of Teck (a member of a morganatic, cadet branch of the House of Württemberg), and Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, a male-line granddaughter of King George III and a first cousin of Queen Victoria. [13]

On 14 January 1892, six weeks after the formal engagement, Albert Victor died of pneumonia, leaving George second in line to the throne, and likely to succeed after his father. George had only just recovered from a serious illness himself, after being confined to bed for six weeks with typhoid fever, the disease that was thought to have killed his grandfather Prince Albert. [14] Queen Victoria still regarded Princess May as a suitable match for her grandson, and George and May grew close during their shared period of mourning. [15]

A year after Albert Victor's death, George proposed to May and was accepted. They married on 6 July 1893 at the Chapel Royal in St James's Palace, London. Throughout their lives, they remained devoted to each other. George was, on his own admission, unable to express his feelings easily in speech, but they often exchanged loving letters and notes of endearment. [16]

The death of his elder brother effectively ended George's naval career, as he was now second in line to the throne, after his father. [17] George was created Duke of York, Earl of Inverness, and Baron Killarney by Queen Victoria on 24 May 1892, [18] and received lessons in constitutional history from J. R. Tanner. [19]

The Duke and Duchess of York had five sons and a daughter. Randolph Churchill claimed that George was a strict father, to the extent that his children were terrified of him, and that George had remarked to the Earl of Derby: "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." In reality, there is no direct source for the quotation and it is likely that George's parenting style was little different from that adopted by most people at the time. [20] Whether this was the case or not, his children did seem to resent his strict nature, Prince Henry going as far as to describe him as a "terrible father" in later years. [21]

They lived mainly at York Cottage, [22] a relatively small house in Sandringham, Norfolk, where their way of life mirrored that of a comfortable middle-class family rather than royalty. [23] George preferred a simple, almost quiet, life, in marked contrast to the lively social life pursued by his father. His official biographer, Harold Nicolson, later despaired of George's time as Duke of York, writing: "He may be all right as a young midshipman and a wise old king, but when he was Duke of York . he did nothing at all but kill [i.e. shoot] animals and stick in stamps." [24] George was an avid stamp collector, which Nicolson disparaged, [25] but George played a large role in building the Royal Philatelic Collection into the most comprehensive collection of United Kingdom and Commonwealth stamps in the world, in some cases setting record purchase prices for items. [26]

In October 1894, George's maternal uncle-by-marriage, Tsar Alexander III of Russia, died. At the request of his father, "out of respect for poor dear Uncle Sasha's memory", George joined his parents in St Petersburg for the funeral. [27] He and his parents remained in Russia for the wedding a week later of the new Russian emperor, his cousin Nicholas II, to another one of George's first cousins, Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine, who had once been considered as a potential bride for George's elder brother. [28]

As Duke of York, George carried out a wide variety of public duties. On the death of Queen Victoria on 22 January 1901, George's father ascended the throne as King Edward VII. [29] George inherited the title of Duke of Cornwall, and for much of the rest of that year, he was known as the Duke of Cornwall and York. [30]

In 1901, the Duke and Duchess toured the British Empire. Their tour included Gibraltar, Malta, Port Said, Aden, Ceylon, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Mauritius, South Africa, Canada, and the Colony of Newfoundland. The tour was designed by Colonial Secretary Joseph Chamberlain with the support of Prime Minister Lord Salisbury to reward the Dominions for their participation in the South African War of 1899–1902. George presented thousands of specially designed South African War medals to colonial troops. In South Africa, the royal party met civic leaders, African leaders, and Boer prisoners, and was greeted by elaborate decorations, expensive gifts, and fireworks displays. Despite this, not all residents responded favourably to the tour. Many white Cape Afrikaners resented the display and expense, the war having weakened their capacity to reconcile their Afrikaner-Dutch culture with their status as British subjects. Critics in the English-language press decried the enormous cost at a time when families faced severe hardship. [31]

In Australia, the Duke opened the first session of the Australian Parliament upon the creation of the Commonwealth of Australia. [32] In New Zealand, he praised the military values, bravery, loyalty, and obedience to duty of New Zealanders, and the tour gave New Zealand a chance to show off its progress, especially in its adoption of up-to-date British standards in communications and the processing industries. The implicit goal was to advertise New Zealand's attractiveness to tourists and potential immigrants, while avoiding news of growing social tensions, by focusing the attention of the British press on a land few knew about. [33] On his return to Britain, in a speech at Guildhall, London, George warned of "the impression which seemed to prevail among [our] 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." [34]

On 9 November 1901, George was created Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester. [35] [36] King Edward wished to prepare his son for his future role as king. In contrast to Edward himself, whom Queen Victoria had deliberately excluded from state affairs, George was given wide access to state documents by his father. [17] [37] George in turn allowed his wife access to his papers, [38] as he valued her counsel and she often helped write her husband's speeches. [39] As Prince of Wales, he supported reforms in naval training, including cadets being enrolled at the ages of twelve and thirteen, and receiving the same education, whatever their class and eventual assignments. The reforms were implemented by the then Second (later First) Sea Lord, Sir John Fisher. [40]

From November 1905 to March 1906, George and May toured British India, where he was disgusted by racial discrimination and campaigned for greater involvement of Indians in the government of the country. [41] The tour was almost immediately followed by a trip to Spain for the wedding of King Alfonso XIII to Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, a first cousin of George, at which the bride and groom narrowly avoided assassination. [42] A week after returning to Britain, George and May travelled to Norway for the coronation of King Haakon VII, George's cousin and brother-in-law, and Queen Maud, George's sister. [43]

On 6 May 1910, Edward VII died, and George became king. He wrote in his diary,

I have lost my best friend and the best of fathers . I never had a [cross] word with him in my life. I am heart-broken and overwhelmed with grief but God will help me in my responsibilities and darling May will be my comfort as she has always been. May God give me strength and guidance in the heavy task which has fallen on me [44]

George had never liked his wife's habit of signing official documents and letters as "Victoria Mary" and insisted she drop one of those names. They both thought she should not be called Queen Victoria, and so she became Queen Mary. [45] Later that year, a radical propagandist, Edward Mylius, published a lie that George had secretly married in Malta as a young man, and that consequently his marriage to Queen Mary was bigamous. The lie had first surfaced in print in 1893, but George had shrugged it off as a joke. In an effort to kill off rumours, Mylius was arrested, tried and found guilty of criminal libel, and was sentenced to a year in prison. [46]

George objected to the anti-Catholic wording of the Accession Declaration that he would be required to make at the opening of his first parliament. He made it known that he would refuse to open parliament unless it was changed. As a result, the Accession Declaration Act 1910 shortened the declaration and removed the most offensive phrases. [47]

George and Mary's coronation took place at Westminster Abbey on 22 June 1911, [17] and was celebrated by the Festival of Empire in London. In July, the King and Queen visited Ireland for five days they received a warm welcome, with thousands of people lining the route of their procession to cheer. [48] [49] Later in 1911, the King and Queen travelled to India for the Delhi Durbar, where they were presented to an assembled audience of Indian dignitaries and princes as the Emperor and Empress of India on 12 December 1911. George wore the newly created Imperial Crown of India at the ceremony, and declared the shifting of the Indian capital from Calcutta to Delhi. He was the only Emperor of India to be present at his own Delhi Durbar. They travelled throughout the sub-continent, and George took the opportunity to indulge in big game hunting in Nepal, shooting 21 tigers, 8 rhinoceroses and a bear over 10 days. [50] He was a keen and expert marksman. [51] On 18 December 1913, he shot over a thousand pheasants in six hours [52] at Hall Barn, the home of Lord Burnham, although even George had to acknowledge that "we went a little too far" that day. [53]

National politics Edit

George inherited the throne at a politically turbulent time. [54] Lloyd George's People's Budget had been rejected the previous year by the Conservative and Unionist-dominated House of Lords, contrary to the normal convention that the Lords did not veto money bills. [55] Liberal Prime Minister H. H. Asquith had asked the previous king to give an undertaking that he would create sufficient Liberal peers to force the budget through the House. Edward had reluctantly agreed, provided the Lords rejected the budget after two successive general elections. After the January 1910 general election, the Conservative peers allowed the budget, for which the government now had an electoral mandate, to pass without a vote. [56]

Asquith attempted to curtail the power of the Lords through constitutional reforms, which were again blocked by the Upper House. A constitutional conference on the reforms broke down in November 1910 after 21 meetings. Asquith and Lord Crewe, Liberal leader in the Lords, asked George to grant a dissolution, leading to a second general election, and to promise to create sufficient Liberal peers if the Lords blocked the legislation again. [57] If George refused, the Liberal government would otherwise resign, which would have given the appearance that the monarch was taking sides—with "the peers against the people"—in party politics. [58] The King's two private secretaries, the Liberal Lord Knollys and the Unionist Lord Stamfordham, gave George conflicting advice. [59] [60] Knollys advised George to accept the Cabinet's demands, while Stamfordham advised George to accept the resignation. [59] Like his father, George reluctantly agreed to the dissolution and creation of peers, although he felt his ministers had taken advantage of his inexperience to browbeat him. [61] After the December 1910 general election, the Lords let the bill pass on hearing of the threat to swamp the house with new peers. [62] The subsequent Parliament Act 1911 permanently removed—with a few exceptions—the power of the Lords to veto bills. The King later came to feel that Knollys had withheld information from him about the willingness of the opposition to form a government if the Liberals had resigned. [63]

The 1910 general elections had left the Liberals as a minority government dependent upon the support of the Irish Nationalist Party. As desired by the Nationalists, Asquith introduced legislation that would give Ireland Home Rule, but the Conservatives and Unionists opposed it. [17] [64] As tempers rose over the Home Rule Bill, which would never have been possible without the Parliament Act, relations between the elderly Knollys and the Conservatives became poor, and he was pushed into retirement. [65] Desperate to avoid the prospect of civil war in Ireland between Unionists and Nationalists, George called a meeting of all parties at Buckingham Palace in July 1914 in an attempt to negotiate a settlement. [66] After four days the conference ended without an agreement. [17] [67] Political developments in Britain and Ireland were overtaken by events in Europe, and the issue of Irish Home Rule was suspended for the duration of the war. [17] [68]

First World War Edit

On 4 August 1914 the King wrote in his diary, "I held a council at 10.45 to declare war with Germany. It is a terrible catastrophe but it is not our fault. . Please to God it may soon be over." [69] From 1914 to 1918, Britain and its allies were at war with the Central Powers, led by the German Empire. The German Kaiser Wilhelm II, who for the British public came to symbolise all the horrors of the war, was the King's first cousin. The King's paternal grandfather was Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha consequently, the King and his children bore the titles Prince and Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Duke and Duchess of Saxony. Queen Mary, although born in England like her mother, was the daughter of the Duke of Teck, a descendant of the German Dukes of Württemberg. The King had brothers-in-law and cousins who were British subjects but who bore German titles such as Duke and Duchess of Teck, Prince and Princess of Battenberg, and Prince and Princess of Schleswig-Holstein. When H. G. Wells wrote about Britain's "alien and uninspiring court", George replied: "I may be uninspiring, but I'll be damned if I'm alien." [70]

On 17 July 1917, George appeased British nationalist feelings by issuing a royal proclamation that changed the name of the British royal house from the German-sounding House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to the House of Windsor. [71] He and all his British relatives relinquished their German titles and styles and adopted British-sounding surnames. George compensated his male relatives by giving them British peerages. His cousin Prince Louis of Battenberg, who earlier in the war had been forced to resign as First Sea Lord through anti-German feeling, became Louis Mountbatten, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven, while Queen Mary's brothers became Adolphus Cambridge, 1st Marquess of Cambridge, and Alexander Cambridge, 1st Earl of Athlone. [72]

In letters patent gazetted on 11 December 1917, the King restricted the style of "Royal Highness" and the titular dignity of "Prince (or Princess) of Great Britain and Ireland" to the children of the Sovereign, the children of the sons of the Sovereign and the eldest living son of the eldest living son of a Prince of Wales. [74] The letters patent also stated that "the titles of Royal Highness, Highness or Serene Highness, and the titular dignity of Prince and Princess shall cease except those titles already granted and remaining unrevoked". George's relatives who fought on the German side, such as Ernest Augustus, Crown Prince of Hanover, and Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, had their British peerages suspended by a 1919 Order in Council under the provisions of the Titles Deprivation Act 1917. Under pressure from his mother, Queen Alexandra, the King also removed the Garter flags of his German relations from St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. [75]

When Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, George's first cousin, was overthrown in the Russian Revolution of 1917, the British government offered political asylum to the Tsar and his family, but worsening conditions for the British people, and fears that revolution might come to the British Isles, led George to think that the presence of the Romanovs would be seen as inappropriate. [76] Despite the later claims of Lord Mountbatten of Burma that Prime Minister David Lloyd George was opposed to the rescue of the Russian imperial family, the letters of Lord Stamfordham suggest that it was George V who opposed the idea against the advice of the government. [77] Advance planning for a rescue was undertaken by MI1, a branch of the British secret service, [78] but because of the strengthening position of the Bolshevik revolutionaries and wider difficulties with the conduct of the war, the plan was never put into operation. [79] The Tsar and his immediate family remained in Russia, where they were killed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. George wrote in his diary: "It was a foul murder. I was devoted to Nicky, who was the kindest of men and thorough gentleman: loved his country and people." [80] The following year, Nicholas's mother, Marie Feodorovna, and other members of the extended Russian imperial family were rescued from Crimea by a British warship. [81]

Two months after the end of the war, the King's youngest son, John, died at the age of 13 after a lifetime of ill health. George was informed of his death by Queen Mary, who wrote, "[John] had been a great anxiety to us for many years . The first break in the family circle is hard to bear but people have been so kind & sympathetic & this has helped us much." [82]

In May 1922, the King toured Belgium and northern France, visiting the First World War cemeteries and memorials being constructed by the Imperial War Graves Commission. The event was described in a poem, The King's Pilgrimage by Rudyard Kipling. [83] The tour, and one short visit to Italy in 1923, were the only times George agreed to leave the United Kingdom on official business after the end of the war. [84]

Postwar reign Edit

Before the First World War, most of Europe was ruled by monarchs related to George, but during and after the war, the monarchies of Austria, Germany, Greece, and Spain, like Russia, fell to revolution and war. In March 1919, Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Lisle Strutt was dispatched on the personal authority of the King to escort the former Emperor Charles I of Austria and his family to safety in Switzerland. [85] In 1922, a Royal Navy ship was sent to Greece to rescue his cousins, Prince and Princess Andrew. [86]

Political turmoil in Ireland continued as the Nationalists fought for independence George expressed his horror at government-sanctioned killings and reprisals to Prime Minister Lloyd George. [87] At the opening session of the Parliament of Northern Ireland on 22 June 1921, the King appealed for conciliation in a speech part drafted by General Jan Smuts and approved by Lloyd George. [88] A few weeks later, a truce was agreed. [89] Negotiations between Britain and the Irish secessionists led to the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty. [90] By the end of 1922, Ireland was partitioned, the Irish Free State was established, and Lloyd George was out of office. [91]

The King and his advisers were concerned about the rise of socialism and the growing labour movement, which they mistakenly associated with republicanism. The socialists no longer believed in their anti-monarchical slogans and were ready to come to terms with the monarchy if it took the first step. George adopted a more democratic, inclusive stance that crossed class lines and brought the monarchy closer to the public and the working class—a dramatic change for the King, who was most comfortable with naval officers and landed gentry. He cultivated friendly relations with moderate Labour Party politicians and trade union officials. His abandonment of social aloofness conditioned the royal family's behaviour and enhanced its popularity during the economic crises of the 1920s and for over two generations thereafter. [92] [93]

The years between 1922 and 1929 saw frequent changes in government. In 1924, George appointed the first Labour Prime Minister, Ramsay MacDonald, in the absence of a clear majority for any one of the three major parties. George's tactful and understanding reception of the first Labour government (which lasted less than a year) allayed the suspicions of the party's sympathisers. During the General Strike of 1926 the King advised the government of Conservative Stanley Baldwin against taking inflammatory action, [94] and took exception to suggestions that the strikers were "revolutionaries" saying, "Try living on their wages before you judge them." [95]

In 1926, George 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". The Statute of Westminster 1931 formalised the Dominions' legislative independence [96] and established that the succession to the throne could not be changed unless all the Parliaments of the Dominions as well as the Parliament at Westminster agreed. [17] The Statute's preamble described the monarch as "the symbol of the free association of the members of the British Commonwealth of Nations", who were "united by a common allegiance". [97]

In the wake of a world financial crisis, the King encouraged the formation of a National Government in 1931 led by MacDonald and Baldwin, [98] [99] and volunteered to reduce the civil list to help balance the budget. [98] He was concerned by the rise to power in Germany of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. [100] In 1934, the King bluntly told the German ambassador Leopold von Hoesch that Germany was now the peril of the world, and that there was bound to be a war within ten years if Germany went on at the present rate he warned the British ambassador in Berlin, Eric Phipps, to be suspicious of the Nazis. [101]

In 1932, George agreed to deliver a Royal Christmas speech on the radio, an event that became annual thereafter. He was not in favour of the innovation originally but was persuaded by the argument that it was what his people wanted. [102] By the Silver Jubilee of his reign in 1935, he had become a well-loved king, saying in response to the crowd's adulation, "I cannot understand it, after all I am only a very ordinary sort of fellow." [103]

George's relationship with his eldest son and heir, Edward, deteriorated in these later years. George was disappointed in Edward's failure to settle down in life and appalled by his many affairs with married women. [17] In contrast, he was fond of his second son, Prince Albert (later George VI), and doted on his eldest granddaughter, Princess Elizabeth he nicknamed her "Lilibet", and she affectionately called him "Grandpa England". [104] In 1935, George said of his son Edward: "After I am dead, the boy will ruin himself within 12 months", and of Albert and Elizabeth: "I pray to God my eldest son will never marry and have children, and that nothing will come between Bertie and Lilibet and the throne." [105] [106]

The First World War took a toll on George's health: he was seriously injured on 28 October 1915 when thrown by his horse at a troop review in France, and his heavy smoking exacerbated recurring breathing problems. He suffered from chronic bronchitis. In 1925, on the instruction of his doctors, he was reluctantly sent on a recuperative private cruise in the Mediterranean it was his third trip abroad since the war, and his last. [107] In November 1928, he fell seriously ill with septicaemia, and for the next two years his son Edward took over many of his duties. [108] In 1929, the suggestion of a further rest abroad was rejected by the King "in rather strong language". [109] Instead, he retired for three months to Craigweil House, Aldwick, in the seaside resort of Bognor, Sussex. [110] As a result of his stay, the town acquired the suffix "Regis", which is Latin for "of the King". A myth later grew that his last words, upon being told that he would soon be well enough to revisit the town, were "Bugger Bognor!" [111] [112] [113]

George never fully recovered. In his final year, he was occasionally administered oxygen. [114] The death of his favourite sister, Victoria, in December 1935 depressed him deeply. On the evening of 15 January 1936, the King took to his bedroom at Sandringham House complaining of a cold he remained in the room until his death. [115] He became gradually weaker, drifting in and out of consciousness. Prime Minister Baldwin later said:

each time he became conscious it was some kind inquiry or kind observation of someone, some words of gratitude for kindness shown. But he did say to his secretary when he sent for him: "How is the Empire?" An unusual phrase in that form, and the secretary said: "All is well, sir, with the Empire", and the King gave him a smile and relapsed once more into unconsciousness. [116]

By 20 January, he was close to death. His physicians, led by Lord Dawson of Penn, issued a bulletin with the words "The King's life is moving peacefully towards its close." [117] [118] Dawson's private diary, unearthed after his death and made public in 1986, reveals that the King's last words, a mumbled "God damn you!", [119] were addressed to his nurse, Catherine Black, when she gave him a sedative that night. Dawson, who supported the "gentle growth of euthanasia", [120] admitted in the diary that he hastened the King's death by injecting him, after 11.00 p.m., with two consecutive lethal injections: 3/4 of a grain of morphine followed shortly afterwards by a grain of cocaine. [119] [121] Dawson wrote that he acted to preserve the King's dignity, to prevent further strain on the family, and so that the King's death at 11:55 p.m. could be announced in the morning edition of The Times newspaper rather than "less appropriate . evening journals". [119] [121] Neither Queen Mary, who was intensely religious and might not have sanctioned euthanasia, nor the Prince of Wales was consulted. The royal family did not want the King to endure pain and suffering and did not want his life prolonged artificially but neither did they approve Dawson's actions. [122] British Pathé announced the King's death the following day, in which he was described as "more than a King, a father of a great family". [123]

The German composer Paul Hindemith went to a BBC studio on the morning after the King's death and in six hours wrote Trauermusik (Mourning Music). It was performed that same evening in a live broadcast by the BBC, with Adrian Boult conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the composer as soloist. [124]

At the procession to George'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 cortège turned into New Palace Yard. The new king, Edward VIII, saw it fall and wondered whether it was a bad omen for his new reign. [125] [126] As a mark of respect to their father, George's four surviving sons, Edward, Albert, Henry, and George, mounted the guard, known as the Vigil of the Princes, at the catafalque on the night before the funeral. [127] The vigil was not repeated until the death of George's daughter-in-law, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, in 2002. George V was interred at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, on 28 January 1936. [128] Edward abdicated before the year was out, leaving Albert to ascend the throne as George VI.

George V disliked sitting for portraits [17] and despised modern art he was so displeased by one portrait by Charles Sims that he ordered it to be burned. [129] He did admire sculptor Bertram Mackennal, who created statues of George for display in Madras and Delhi, and William Reid Dick, whose statue of George V stands outside Westminster Abbey, London. [17]

George preferred to stay at home pursuing his hobbies of stamp collecting and game shooting, and he lived a life that later biographers considered dull because of its conventionality. [130] He was not an intellectual on returning from one evening at the opera, he wrote in his journal, "Went to Covent Garden and saw Fidelio and damned dull it was." [131] Nonetheless, he was earnestly devoted to Britain and its Commonwealth. [132] He explained, "it has always been my dream to identify myself with the great idea of Empire." [133] He appeared hard-working and became widely admired by the people of Britain and the Empire, as well as "the Establishment". [134] In the words of historian David Cannadine, King George V and Queen Mary were an "inseparably devoted couple" who upheld "character" and "family values". [135]

George established a standard of conduct for British royalty that reflected the values and virtues of the upper middle-class rather than upper-class lifestyles or vices. [136] Acting within his constitutional bounds, he dealt skilfully with a succession of crises: Ireland, the First World War, and the first socialist minority government in Britain. [17] He was by temperament a traditionalist who never fully appreciated or approved the revolutionary changes underway in British society. [137] Nevertheless, he invariably wielded his influence as a force of neutrality and moderation, seeing his role as mediator rather than final decision-maker. [138]

Titles and styles Edit

  • 3 June 1865 – 24 May 1892: His Royal Highness Prince George of Wales
  • 24 May 1892 – 22 January 1901: His Royal Highness The Duke of York
  • 22 January – 9 November 1901: His Royal Highness The Duke of Cornwall and York
  • 9 November 1901 – 6 May 1910: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
  • 6 May 1910 – 20 January 1936: His Majesty The King

His full style as king was "George V, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas, King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India" until the Royal and Parliamentary Titles Act 1927, when it changed to "George V, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India". [139]

British honours Edit

  • KG: Royal Knight of the Garter, 4 August 1884[140]
  • KT: Knight of the Thistle, 5 July 1893[140]
  • Sub-Prior of the Venerable Order of St. John, 1893[141]
  • PC: Privy Counsellor, 18 July 1894[140]
      , 20 August 1897[140]
  • Military appointments Edit

    Military ranks and naval appointments Edit

    • September 1877: Cadet, HMS Britannia[146]
    • 8 January 1880: Midshipman, HMS Bacchante and the corvette HMS Canada[140]
    • 3 June 1884: Sub-Lieutenant, Royal Navy [140]
    • 8 October 1885: Lieutenant, HMS Thunderer HMS Dreadnought HMS Alexandra HMS Northumberland[140]
    • July 1889 I/C HMS Torpedo Boat 79 [147]
    • By May 1890 I/C the gunboat HMS Thrush[148]
    • 24 August 1891: Commander, I/C HMS Melampus[140]
    • 2 January 1893: Captain, Royal Navy [140]
    • 1 January 1901: Rear-Admiral, Royal Navy [140][149]
    • 26 June 1903: Vice-Admiral, Royal Navy [140]
    • 1 March 1907: Admiral, Royal Navy [140][150]
    • 1910: Admiral of the Fleet, Royal Navy [140]
    • 1910: Field Marshal, British Army [150]
    • 1919: Chief of the Royal Air Force (title not rank) [151]

    Honorary military appointments Edit

    • 21 June 1887: Personal Aide-de-Camp to the Queen [152]
    • 18 July 1900: Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)[153]
    • 1 January 1901: Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Marine Forces[154]
    • 25 February 1901: Personal Naval Aide-de-Camp to the King [155]
    • 29 November 1901: Honorary Colonel of the 4th County of London Yeomanry Regiment (King's Colonials)[156]
    • 21 December 1901: Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers[157]
    • 12 November 1902: Colonel-in-Chief of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders[158]
    • April 1917: Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Flying Corps (Naval and Military Wings) [159]

    Foreign honours Edit

    • Knight of the Order of the Elephant (Denmark), 11 October 1885[140][160]
    • Grand Cross of the Saxe-Ernestine House Order (Ernestine duchies), 1885[161]
    • Grand Cross of the Sash of the Two Orders (Kingdom of Portugal), 20 May 1886[162]
    • Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III (Spain), 20 May 1888[163]
    • Knight with Collar of the Order of the Black Eagle (Prussia), [140][164]8 August 1889[165]
    • Grand Cross of the Order of the Red Eagle (Prussia), [164]8 August 1889
    • Grand Cross of the Order of the Württemberg Crown (Württemberg), 1890[166] (Denmark), 9 September 1891[160]
    • Knight of the Supreme Order of the Most Holy Annunciation (Italy), 28 April 1892[167]
    • Grand Cross of the Order of the White Falcon (Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach), 1892[168]
    • Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece (Spain), 17 July 1893[169]
    • Grand Cross of the House Order of the Wendish Crown (Mecklenburg), 1893[170]
    • Knight of the Order of St. Andrew (Russian Empire), 1893[171][172]
    • Knight of the Order of St. Alexander Nevsky (Russian Empire), 1893[171][172]
    • Knight of the Order of the White Eagle (Russian Empire), 1893[171][172]
    • Knight 1st Class of the Order of St. Anna (Russian Empire), 1893[171][172]
    • Knight 1st Class of the Order of St. Stanislaus (Russian Empire), 1893[171][172]
    • Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum (Japan), 13 April 1902[173]
    • Knight of the Order of the Rue Crown (Saxony), October 1902[140][174]
    • Grand Cross of the Order of St. Stephen (Austria-Hungary), 1902[175]
    • Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour (France), July 1903[176]
    • Knight of the Order of the Seraphim (Sweden), 14 June 1905[140][177]
    • Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Charles III (Spain), 30 May 1906[178]
    • Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Carol I (Romania), 1910[179]
    • Collar of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum (Japan), 30 March 1911[180]
    • Knight of the Order of St. Hubert (Bavaria), 1911[164][181]
    • Grand Commander of the Order of the Dannebrog (Denmark), 18 April 1913[182]
    • Grand Commander with Diamonds of the Order of the Dannebrog (Denmark), 9 May 1914[183]
    • Grand Commander of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern (Prussia) [164]
    • Member 1st Class with Diamonds of the Order of Osmanieh (Ottoman Empire) [140]
    • Grand Cross of the Order of the Redeemer (Greece) [144]
    • King Christian IX Jubilee Medal (Denmark) [144]
    • King Christian IX Centenary Medal (Denmark) [160]
    • King Christian IX and Queen Louise of Denmark Golden Wedding Commemorative Medal (Denmark) [144][160]
    • Knight 3rd Class of the Order of St. George (Russian Empire), 14 March 1918[184]
    • Grand Cross of the Sash of the Three Orders (Portuguese Republic), 1919[185]
    • Knight with Collar of the Order of Muhammad Ali (Egypt), 1920[186] , Grade I Class I (Estonia), 17 June 1925[187]
    • Grand Cross of the Order of the Colonial Empire (Portuguese Republic), 19 February 1934[188]
    • Grand Cross of the Order of San Marino (San Marino) [189]
    • Knight with Collar of the Order of Solomon (Ethiopia), 1935[190]

    Honorary foreign military appointments Edit

    • 1 February 1901: À la suite of the Imperial German Navy[191]
    • 26 January 1902: Colonel-in-Chief of the Rhenish Cuirassier Regiment "Count Geßler" No. 8 (Prussia) [192]
    • 24 May 1910: Admiral of the Royal Danish Navy[193]
    • Honorary Colonel of the Infantry Regiment "Zamora" No. 8 (Spain) [194][195]
    • 1923: Honorary Admiral of the Swedish Navy[196]

    Honorary degrees and offices Edit

    • 8 June 1893: Royal Fellow of the Royal Society, [140] installed 6 February 1902[197]
    • 1899: Doctor of Laws (LLD), University of the Cape of Good Hope[198]
    • 1901: Doctor of Laws (LLD), University of Sydney[199]
    • 1901: Doctor of Laws (LLD), University of Toronto[200]
    • 1901: Doctor of Civil Law (DCL), Queen's University, Ontario [201]
    • 1902: Doctor of Laws (LLD), University of Wales[202]
    • 1901: Chancellor of the University of Cape Town[203]
    • 1901–1912: Chancellor of the University of the Cape of Good Hope[198]
    • 1902–1910: Chancellor of the University of Wales[202]

    Arms Edit

    As Duke of York, George's arms were the royal arms, with an inescutcheon of the arms of Saxony, all differenced with a label of three points argent, the centre point bearing an anchor azure. The anchor was removed from his coat of arms as the Prince of Wales. As King, he bore the royal arms. In 1917, he removed, by warrant, the Saxony inescutcheon from the arms of all male-line descendants of the Prince Consort domiciled in the United Kingdom (although the royal arms themselves had never borne the shield). [204]

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