On this day in 1937, Prince Albert Frederick Arthur George of Windsor was crowned King George VI. His father, King George V, had passed away just 16 months prior, on January 20, 1936, and his brother, Edward, stepped up to take over. Edward’s reign ended when he decided to marry Wallace Warfield, a woman who had previously been divorced (gasp!)
But back to George and Edward’s father, (and Queen Elizabeth’s grandfather) King George V. He and his wife, Mary of Teck, were crowned King and Queen on May 6, 1910. This spoon commemorates their 25th Anniversary (or Silver Jubilee) in 1935, just a few short months before his death. Their profiles both appear at the top of the handle.
The Russian monarchy was overthrown in 1917 and the entire family (yes, even Anastasia) was murdered in 1918 while in exile. If this spoon is haunted by anyone, it’s probably Tsar Nicholas.