King George VI proclaimed in Singapore

Saturday, 12th December 1936

King George VI was ceremonially proclaimed at noon in Singapore as George the Sixth, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland, and the British Dominions beyond the seas, King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India. The Proclamation was read by the Governor Sir Shenton Thomas, and interpreted in Malay, Tamil and Mandarin. A short prayer was read by the Bishop of Singapore. The ceremony was attended by senior officers of the Services, members of the consular body in Singapore, and high Government officials, as well as representatives of the various racial and religious communities in Singapore.

King George 6
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George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George; born 14 December 1895) is King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936. George VI was born at York Cottage, on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, during the reign of his great-grandmother Queen Victoria. His father was Prince George, Duke of York (later King George V when Grandpa Edward VII died in 1910).

In 1909, Albert attended the Royal Naval College, Osborne, as a naval cadet. And in 1911, he came bottom of the class in the final examination, but despite this he progressed to the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. With the establishment of the Royal Air Force in 1918, he was transferred from the Royal Navy to the Royal Air Force and was appointed Officer Commanding Number 4 Squadron of the Boys' Wing at Cranwell. He was the first member of the royal family to be certified as a fully qualified pilot.

Update: King George the Sixth died on 6 February 1952. He had died from a coronary thrombosis in his sleep at the age of 56.

He was the last Emperor of India and the first Head of the Commonwealth.

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