What you should know about The King’s Speech’s King George VI
He’s played by Colin Firth in the new film The King’s Speech, but what was King George VI – Prince William and Harry’s great-grandfather – really like?
Terrifically shy, for one, thanks in a large part to the crippling speech impairment depicted in the film.
Unlike William, the former Prince Albert had no expectation of being King, becoming so only after his brother Edward VIII abdicated in 1936. He helped guide his country through World War II as a trusted advisor to Winston Churchill and a beloved symbol of Nazi resistance to the British people.