On This Day in Trinity House History – 21 May

1894

HRH Prince George (later George V) is elected Master of Trinity House

Trinity Monday: HRH Prince George, Duke of York KG KT (later George V) is elected Master of Trinity House. He sat as Master for 15 consecutive years until 1910, and was an Elder Brother until his death in 1936.

George V (3 June 1865 – 20 January 1936) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910 through the First World War (1914–18) until his death. George was a grandson of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. From 1877 to 1891, he served in the Royal Navy.

The second son of Edward VII, George became his father’s heir when his elder brother Edward unexpectedly died in 1892. He came to the throne in 1910 in the middle of a constitutional crisis caused by the House of Commons’ attempt to limit the powers of the Lords, and within four years was leading a country fighting for its survival during the First World War. The post-war years were equally turbulent, with war in Ireland, a general strike, world depression and the formation of a national government, all requiring steady leadership from the King. Throughout these difficult years, George maintained the dignity of the monarchy, and saw its popularity rise when he celebrated his Silver Jubilee in 1935.

HRH Prince George (later George V) Master of Trinity House (1900) copyright Trinity House

HRH Prince George (later George V) Master of Trinity House (1900) copyright Trinity House

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