"The King died last night and Kipling died last week."
King George, 1893
Public DomainKing George, 1893 - Credit: Bain News Service Publisher

King George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert) was born in June 1865 and died in January 1936.

The grandson of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, he ruled over the UK and was Emperor of India during WW1, which subsequently thrived thereafter.

During King George V’s reign many political changes took place in the empire, with socialism taking a more secure foothold, alongside the equal rise of communism and fascism.

Meanwhile, 'Jungle Book' author Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) penned popular poetry and short stories towards the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.

The Nobel Prize winner, the first English language writer to win the accolade, was highly regarded in literary circles and was even offered a knighthood, which he declined to take.

Themes throughout Kipling’s work included that of British imperialism, as well as stories of British soldiers in India.

Kipling’s children’s stories remain as celebrated today as they ever were.

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