Twice a year, at New Year's and on his birthday, King George is graciously pleased to honor his subjects with medals, ribands and titles. Last week half a million Britons hastily unfolded their morning papers to see who got what.

Perhaps because of the Depression there were fewer names than usual. Head of the list was His Majesty's strapping daughter, Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood, who in the words of the announcement "shall henceforth bear the style and title of Princess Royal."

Last Princess Royal was King George's younger sister who died Jan....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!