On this day: the coronation of a King and Queen

The coronations of George V, King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, and his wife, Mary of Teck, took place at Westminster Abbey in London on the 22nd of June, 1911. The ceremony was held more than a year after the death of George’s predecessor and father, Edward VII.

This is a view of the west front of Westminster Abbey showing the Coronation annexe. The annexe was built in the Gothic style in order to blend in with the Abbey for the coronation of Ki

The Coronation Annexe was built in front of Westminster Abbey, designed to blend in with the Abbey’s Gothic features.

The Coronation Ceremony of His Most Gracious Majesty King George V in Westminster Abbey. 22nd June 1911 by John Henry Frederick Bacon.

The Coronation Ceremony of His Most Gracious Majesty King George V in Westminster Abbey. 22nd June 1911 by John Henry Frederick Bacon.

Following the coronation, the King and Queen went on a tour that included Ireland and India.

King George ruled until his death in January of 1936.

 

On this day: Mary of Teck was born in 1867

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In Ottawa in 1901.

Mary of Teck was born on the 26th of May, 1867 at Kensington Palace in London. Though technically a German princess, her life was in England, where she would go on to marry the future King George the Fifth.

Mary of Teck as an infant with her parents.

With her parents.

Today she is probably best-known as the grandmother of Queen Elizabeth the Second.

Victoria_Mary_of_Teck.jpgPrincess Victoria Mary shortly before her marriage to the Duke of York in 1893

Soon before her wedding in 1893.

Her life very nearly took a different path, as she was originally engaged to the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, who died six weeks after the engagement was announced.

Her full name was Victoria Mary Augusta Louise Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes, and she held many titles, including Queen of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Empress of India.

She died in March, 1953.