Trivia Minute May 12, 2015

Episode 73: Coronation of George VI

by Marcus Michelson
King George VI of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Photo via National Archive)
King George VI of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Photo via National Archive)

On this date 78 years ago, George VI was crowned King of Great Britain and Northern Ireland following the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII.

Here are a few things you may not know about King George VI.

First: If you’ve seen the film “The King’s Speech,” you know George VI had a stammer or stutter, which made him dread public speaking. He was also naturally left-handed and was forced to learn to write with his right hand.

Second: His full name was Albert Frederick Arthur George. He was named after his great-grandfather Prince Albert, the prince consort. He was known informally as “Bertie.” He married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923.

Third: He took the name George VI to promote the continuity with the reign of his father and to help rebuild public trust in the monarchy following his brother’s abdication.

Our question: In which major sporting event did George VI participate?

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