1914 - The Diary Of King George V

The monarch's personal account of the opening days of the year the Great War began, broadcast for the first time with special permission from Her Majesty the Queen to mark the 90th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Read by Timothy West and presented by historian Robert Lacey on location at Sandringham.

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01Country Squire And Stamp Collector20040726

The monarch's personal account of the opening days of the year the Great War began, broadcast for the first time with special permission from Her Majesty the Queen to mark the 90th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Read by Timothy West and presented by historian Robert Lacey on location at Sandringham.

02Man Of The People And A Mutiny In Ireland20040727
03Pioneering Royal Visits And A Distant Assassination20040728

Blazing June and there's still no mention of war as the Queen's grandfather records his private thoughts and sets up his office in a tent on the lawn a Buckingham Palace.

04Peacemaker And Blackmail Victim20040729

As June turns to July the King hosts delicate peace negotiations to solve the Irish problem, as the whiff of an old scandal threatens to reappear.

05 LASTCountdown To War20040730

The Queen's grandfather records his growing anxiety as the country is dragged into war, and cheering jingoistic crowds gather as the Royal Family establish a new tradition by appearing on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.