Bertie playing tennis at Wimbledon against Roper Barrett and Elizabeth watches her husband.

hrhawesome:

Prince Edward (David) of the U.K. with his younger brother Prince Albert (future King George VI); 1897.

Cute pic of two cute princes. Bertie’s dress is a little large. :) 

hrhawesome:

Prince Edward (David) of the U.K. with his younger brother Prince Albert (future King George VI); 1897.

Cute pic of two cute princes. Bertie’s dress is a little large. :) 

longliveroyalty:

General Eisenhower and King George VI meeting during World War II in North Africa. June 1943.

longliveroyalty:

General Eisenhower and King George VI meeting during World War II in North Africa. June 1943.

Kingship transformed the timorous, insecure Duke of York. Within a few months of his accession, an observer noticed, “all diffidence had gone. Those hesitant gestures that had been characteristic of his personality had been replaced by a sureness of movement and an ease of manner.” The ugly duckling had become, if not exactly a swan, at least an eagle, finding his wings and beginning to soar.

Carolly Erickson - Royal Panoply: Brief Lives of the English Monarchs

Bertie (center) and Elizabeth landed at the airport.

Bertie (center) and Elizabeth landed at the airport.

Bertie and Elizabeth in 1939.

Bertie and Elizabeth in 1939.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Canada, 1939.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Canada, 1939.

Bertie in 1952.

Bertie in 1952.

Bertie and Elizabeth in Africa as Duke and Duchess of York in 1925-1926. The 2nd photo is captioned by Bertie. The 3rd photo was taken by him.

(From William Shawcross: Queen Elizabeth- The Official Biography…)