Historic image from Ely Museum shows a packed Ely Market Square to hear the proclamation of King George V’s accession to the throne in 1910

Ely Museum post picture from May 12 1910 on their Facebook page - it is about the proclamation of Ge

Ely Museum post picture from May 12 1910 on their Facebook page - it is about the proclamation of George V's accession to the throne and shows a packed Market Place. - Credit: Archant

Posting on their Facebook page on Friday (May 12) the museum wrote: “#OnThisDay in 1910 the proclamation was made in the Ely Market Square of King George V’s accession to the throne!

“King George V became King a few days prior on the 6th May following the death of his father, King Edward VII. He is also grandfather to HM Queen Elizabeth II “His coronation took place the following summer on the 22nd June 1911.

“On the 4th August 1914 King George V had to declare that World War One had begun. He wrote in his diary on that fateful day ‘I held a council at 10.45 to declare war with Germany. It is a terrible catastrophe but it is not our fault. Please to God it may soon be over’.”


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