Jul. 25, 2013 at 8:04pmKing George and Queen Mary:

The Royals Who Rescued the Monarchy


With the birth this summer of baby Prince George, what could be better than a program detailing the life of King George V, grandfather of the current Queen, Elizabeth II. 

"King George and Queen Mary," part 1 of 2, airs on Sunday, August 4, at 9 p.m. in Spokane.

King George V lived from 1865 to 1936, the grandson of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. He is known for ruling through the tumultuous social changes following World War I,  creating the House of Windsor, embracing democratic reform and reinventing many royal traditions that endure today. 

King George V brought a new popularity to the monarchy during his rule but was known as a bully to his children including Prince Edward, his eldest son who was heir to the throne. When Edward abdicated the throne after his father's death, Edward's brother, King George VI (known to the family as "Bertie") ascended the throne. 

This program examines the lasting legacy of Elizabeth II's grandparents, with whom she had a loving relationship. It is said that much of Queen Elizabeth's style and commitment to duty can be traced back to the couple's influence. 

Also, if you love all things British and are inspired by history, tune in to KSPS early from 7-9 p.m. for "Queen Victoria's Empire: Engines of Change/Passage to India," the first of two episodes that explores the changes to Britain's social order by the industrial revolution, beginning with the birth of Queen Victoria.

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