We wrote in this space last Christmas the generational bond between the Master and His Majesty, how in 1932, ten years after this photograph was taken, Rudyard Kipling would poignantly write the very first Royal Christmas Broadcast for King George V, beginning a tradition that continues to this day.
Photograph taken 11 May 1922 © National Portrait Gallery, London
Born in 1865, both men were the same age and both would coincidentally die at the same time, Kipling on 18 January 1936, the King just two days later. (Kipling's death had in fact previously been incorrectly announced in a magazine, to which he wrote, "I've just read that I am dead. Don't forget to delete me from your list of subscribers.")