George V: A New Direction (r. 1910-1936)

Visit of their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, reception at Parliament buildings, Victoria.
BC Archives: A-08308

George V and Queen Mary understood the global nature of the British Empire and helped the transition from an Empire to a Commonwealth of Nations.  George V made 450 visits to the frontline troops and wounded during World War I.  In 1917 in response to anti-German sentiment he renamed the Royal Family after their home, Windsor Castle, as the House of Windsor.

He ruled and mediated unrest in India and Ireland, spoke up for workers during the1926 General Strike, and advised after the 1929 Stock Market Crash.   The 1931 Statute of Westminster freed dominions such as Canada from the rule of British Parliament.  George V understood that the symbolic power of the throne was now the key link that connected the Commonwealth.  In 1932 he used Christmas radio broadcasts to strengthen those links.  He celebrated his Silver Jubilee in 1935 and died the next year.