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King George V

Post by AJK » 13 May 2020 02:29

As reigning monarch of the UK, King George V held several foreign honorary military ranks. In 1923 he was awarded the rank of Admiral in the Swedish Navy. Does anyone know the exact date of this appointment>

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Re: King George V

Post by Steen Ammentorp » 15 May 2020 18:40

Hi AJK,

He was awarded the rank of honorary admiral (flaggmans hedersgrad) on October 29 1923.
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Re: King George V

Post by AJK » 15 May 2020 18:54

Hi Steen,

Why am I not surprised that you have the answer to my question! :-) Thank you very much! In the same vein, do you have a date for flaggmans hedersgrad for Tsar Nicholas II?

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Re: King George V

Post by Steen Ammentorp » 15 May 2020 20:25

Hi AJK,

Yes I do :D He was awarded the rank May 5 1908.
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Re: King George V

Post by AJK » 15 May 2020 20:46

Thank you so much, Steen! I don't suppose you have a date for his (Tsar Nicholas II) similar honorary promotion in the Danish Navy?

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Post by AJK » 15 May 2020 20:55

While we're on the subject, how about Danish honorary Admiral (1948) and General (1927) ranks for King George VI?

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Post by AJK » 15 May 2020 20:58

And, last but not least (hopefully), what about King Edward VII:

9 Nov 1858: Colonel
9 Nov 1862: General
29 May 1875: Field Marshal
1883: Generalfeldmarshall (German Empire)
18 Jul 1887: Honorary Admiral of the Fleet (Royal Navy)
26 Jun 1902: Grossadmiral (German Empire)
1 May 1904: Feldmarschall (Austria-Hungary)
7 Apr 1907: Honorary Captain General (Spain)
?: Honorary Admiral (Spain)
?: Honorary Admiral (Sweden)
?: Honorary General (Sweden)
?: Honorary Admiral (Greece)
?: Honorary General (Norway)

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Re: King George V

Post by Steen Ammentorp » 16 May 2020 07:53

Hi AJK,

I have got these dates:
AJK wrote:
15 May 2020 20:46
Tsar Nicholas II honorary promotion in the Danish Navy?
July 15 1909 Admiral
AJK wrote:
15 May 2020 20:55
Danish honorary Admiral (1948) and General (1927) ranks for King George VI?
October 23 1948 Admiral
December 13 1937 General
AJK wrote:
15 May 2020 20:58
And, last but not least (hopefully), what about King Edward VII:
1883: Generalfeldmarshall (German Empire)
?: Honorary Admiral (Spain)
?: Honorary Admiral (Sweden)
?: Honorary General (Sweden)
?: Honorary Admiral (Greece)
?: Honorary General (Norway)
Germany
I don't think he was ever a Generalfeldmarshall. He is not listed in any of the Dienstalterslisten/Anciennetätslisten or Ranglisten that I have access to, contrary to his brother the Duke of Connaught who is listed.

Spain
Honorary Admiral - Listed as such in the Estado General de la Armada 1907 edition (without date), but not in the 1906 edition.

Sweden
July 15 1905 Admiral (flaggmans hedersgrad)
November 18 1908 General (hedersgrad)

Norway
November 15 1906 General (Æresgrad)
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Re: King George V

Post by AJK » 16 May 2020 16:14

Thank you so much, Steen, for all your help and clarification.

Stay well!

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Re: King George V

Post by Steen Ammentorp » 16 May 2020 16:38

Hi AJK,

You are welcome.
Steen Ammentorp wrote:
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Spain
Honorary Admiral - Listed as such in the Estado General de la Armada 1907 edition (without date), but not in the 1906 edition.
Having checked. The Spanish press reports the award of the rank Almirante Honorario to Edward VII in May 1905, and the journal "Vida Maritima" cites a telegram from Almirante Béranger to Edward VII on the May 17 1905 congratulating him on the appointment and it also cites the King's reply the next day. This leads me to think that the award of the rank took place on either May 16 or May 17 1905.

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Re: King George V

Post by AJK » 16 May 2020 16:44

Thank you for this additional information!

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Re: King George V

Post by Ironmachine » 16 May 2020 16:53

AJK wrote:And, last but not least (hopefully), what about King Edward VII:
[...]
?: Honorary Admiral (Spain)
Unfortunately, I can't find his official appointment in the Official Gazette.
However, in case you are interested (and if you don't already know it), I can tell you that King Edward VII was awarded the rank of honorary colonel of the Spanish Infantry Regiment "Zamora" nº 8 on 4 October 1905, and the rank of honorary captain general of the Spanish Army on 7 April 1907.

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Re: King George V

Post by AJK » 16 May 2020 17:32

Thank you, Steen!

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