A fully uniformed King George V (1865-1936) watches some men working on the wreckage of a plane on the Western Front. Though the King involved himself with some mild propaganda duties and was nominally Head of the Armed Forces, his role during World War I was largely a symbolic one. George V corresponded regularly with General Haig throughout the conflict, plus the King and Queen Mary visited the Western Front on several occasions. It was during one of George V’s visits to the front line that he broke his pelvis, after his horse stumbled and rolled on top of him - an injury that plagued him for the rest of his life. The King displayed his keen awareness of public opinion during the conflict, when, in 1917, he changed the traditional family names from Hanover to Windsor and Battenberg to Mountbatten. [Original reads: 'THE KING VISITS THE WESTERN FRONT. H.M. watching work on a wrecked plane.'].