A Beggar Colliding With A King

Published September 26, 2013
Updated September 1, 2017
Beggar With King George V

Source: Flickr

Taken two years after the end of World War I in 1920, the crown’s relationship with its people was tense. European monarchies were crumbling left and right, and anti-crown labor movements were on the rise. Fearful of the collapse of the English crown and descent into chaos (and maybe suffering the same fate as his late cousin, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia), George V (featured above) decided to change course and bring the monarchy closer to the public, establishing friendly relations with the burgeoning Labour Party and trade union officials.

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