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A royal note

Recently, we wrote about George V.

Roger Kuin, 'Old Men Ought to be Explorers' emailed us that it was 'a pleasure to be reminded of this admirable monarch'.

Here is another graph about the king which we think you and Roger will like:

William Shawcross writes that in 1929, "the first general election with full female franchise took place". The king had almost died six months earlier, and he was ill again, but he struggled into a frock coat to meet his new government at Windsor Castle and swear them in. "The new Minister of Labour, Margaret Bondfield was the first ever female member of the Cabinet. She recalled, 'When my turn came, he broke the customary silence to say "I am pleased to be the one to whom has come the opportunity to receive the first woman Privy Councillor." His smile as he spoke was cordial and sincere.'"

George V was the grandson of Queen Victoria.

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Image: Detail of the Victory statue dedicated to Queen Victoria by Rachel L Bullock / Wikimedia Commons

Brits were late with the franchise but not with recognizing the contributions of women.

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