Prince Albert, Duke of York (1895-1952), was the second son of King George V and Queen Mary. He never expected to become King, and assumed that he and his wife, the former Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, would spend their lives in a supportive role as did most other members of the royal family. From childhood he had been handicapped by low self-esteem and a severe stammer.
When his elder brother, Edward VIII, plunged his family and country into the abdic...
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