August 12, 2013 12:00 PM

ANGRY GEORGE!

GEORGE I

REIGNED 1714–1727

Family life was pretty chilly for this German-born and -speaking sovereign, who jailed his wife and quarreled with his son.

ROMEO GEORGE!

PRINCE GEORGE WILLIAM FREDERICK CHARLES

The first Prince George of Cambridge (and 2nd Duke), he defied his family to marry an actress.

DAPPER GEORGE!

PRINCE GEORGE, DUKE OF KENT

He married a Greek princess but has been linked to others, including author Barbara Cartland and playwright Noel Coward. His dashing life ended in a 1942 plane crash.

SOLDIER GEORGE!

GEORGE II

REIGNED 1727–1760

Handel scored his coronation music—fitting for the last British king to lead his troops in battle.

RADIO GEORGE!

GEORGE VI

REIGNED 1936–1952

The baby’s namesake and the Queen’s father, he became king when his brother Edward abdicated. He addressed the nation on the eve of WWII.

TAXING GEORGE!

GEORGE III

REIGNED 1760–1820

He lost the American colonies in the revolution—and later his mind, likely the tragic result of the disorder porphyria.

SPEND-THRIFT GEORGE!

GEORGE IV

REIGNED 1820–1830

This heart collector (mistresses and a secret marriage) splurged on palaces, feasts and pageantry.

BEARDED GEORGE!

GEORGE V

REIGNED 1910–1936

This first Windsor king, “Grandpa England” to Elizabeth (who was “Lilibet” to him), started the Christmas broadcast tradition.

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