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King George VI: The King who Stuttered


The Duke of York later known as King George VI, was the youngest son of King George V.

Early in his childhood he faced constant scrutiny and pressure. Bertie (his nickname amongst his family members) was naturally left-handed however, he was forced to write with his right (Bio). Faced with constant pressure from his father, Bertie began to show signs of his stutter when he was eight years old.

The first Step

When The Duke of York stepped onto the podium to make his speech addressing the Empire Exhibition in 1925 at Wimbledon, his heart was pounding. In front of him were thousands upon thousands of spectators and other important dignitaries all staring at him. This would’ve petrified me. As he began it was nice and calm, but then it happened. He stuttered. The crowd grew silent and all the eyes that were looking up at their future king, dwindled to the ground at their feet. Elizabeth was determined to help her husband through his stammer by enlisting the help of Lionel Logue, an Australian speech therapist who lived in London at the time (Bio).

Speech Therapy

The first few times Bertie went to see Lionel he wasn’t fully convinced it would help him, but as Bertie continued to see Lionel his speech began to improve and his confidence began to soar. As a result both men forged a strong friendship.

A New King

Bertie became King of England on May 12, 1937 because his older brother decided to give up the throne in order to marry the controversial Wallis Simpson.

End of WWII

After the war ended and both Churchill and King George VI celebrated their victory, the two of them became friends and supported each other with their speech impediments. Sadly Bertie became very stressed, ill, and saddened by the toll of the second war which caused him to smoke heavily (Bio). King George VI died on February 6, 1952, from coronary thrombosis he was only 56 (Bio).

Although his life ended shortly his legacy and the inspiration he left helped make The Kings Speech, which was one of the most inspirational and impactful films that we as a generation will ever see.

Bibliography

George VI. (2014). The Biography Channel website. Retrieved 06:27, Mar 24, 2014, from http://www.biography.com/people/george-vi-9308937.

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6 thoughts on “King George VI: The King who Stuttered

  1. Thank you for following my blog. I found yours to be inspirational. Although I don’t stutter I find most of us have a challenge of one kind or another. I wish you the best in achieving what ever goal you set for yourself in this regard. Writing of course, is very helpful as you may already know. One needs to pay attention to grammar and spelling, but heck these are mechanical issues which can be overcome easily. Best to you.(of course what to write is another matter entirely) ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you I’m glad you’ve found my blog to be inspiring! Grammar has always been the bane of my exsistence, but I’m getting better at it since I’m writing more. I’m a found lover of history, and I love to discuss it with anyone who wishes to listen. ๐Ÿ™‚ I though your blog was very fascinating, almost forgot to finish my post because I was so captivated by your posts lol

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    1. I would imagine it would take alot of courage from Bertie. Just the idea of addressing his people on commiting to WW2 must’ve been a very stressful time for him. I’ve always thought he was a true inspiration because if a King can overcome his stuttering to lead his people into war, then all of us who stutter can achieve our hopes and dreams no matter what society thinks of us. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. In the film The King’s Speech (2010), the last scene shows George VI speaking on radio to millions of listeners all over the world, declaring England’s entry into WW2. Definitely one of the greatest scenes in all of film-making, and a moving testament to his overcoming his fear of stuttering.

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