The final years of King George V’s life were marred by illness, thanks in part to his heavy smoking. He suffered from emphysema, pleurisy, and bronchitis, and on the 15th January 1936 he took to his bed at Sandringham House, Norfolk, complaining of a cold. His condition swiftly deteriorated, and by January 20th, he was close to death. His doctor Lord Dawson issued a brief statement: “The King’s life is moving peacefully towards its close.” At 11.55pm that night, the King passed away.
However, George V did not die of what might be called ‘natural causes’. Continue reading