Reported in the News Letter on January 17, 1929: Ill King enjoys a comfortable day

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At 7.30 last night the following authoritative statement was issued from Buckingham Palace:

“The King has had a comfortable day. Otherwise, there is no change.”

That his Majesty again passed a comfortable day is yet another indication that he continues to be on the up grade. Progress, however, is still extremely tedious, and although the position has materially improved within the last two weeks, the impression that the King has taken any big stride forward should not be formed.

Dr Howitt and Dr Woods again applied the Ray-therapy treatment last night. Lord Dawson was at the Palace for a somewhat shorter time than usual, leaving soon after seven o’clock, earlier than on any evening throughout the illness.

It was officially announced yesterday morning that his Majesty’s slow progress was maintained. Compared with a fortnight ago his Majesty was considerably stronger. The difficulty of persuading the patient to take nourishment had been largely overcome, and for the past week he had been taking more food. This had been reflected in the increased strength. A feeling of considerable confidence existed at the Palace.

[In November 1928, George V had fallen seriously ill with septicaemia. Born in 1865, his reign lasted from 1910 until his death in January 1936.]