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In July 1917, George V and Queen Mary spent a fortnight visiting the Western Front. According to 'The Illustrated London News', the King spent a day with ‘General Sir Herbert Plumer’s Army on the scene of its great victory at Messines Ridge and Wytschaete Ridge. His Majesty wore Field Marshal’s service uniform and a steel helmet – a necessary precaution in view of the fact that he was frequently within range of German shells.
oil on canvas
47.3 x 60 cm
purchased from David Cohen Fine Art Limited, 1989
National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, Greater London SW3 4HT EnglandView venue
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