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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography podcast: Lionel Logue, speech therapist to George VI

In 1924 Logue and his family visited England for what was intended as a holiday. However, while staying in London he saw the possibilities of establishing a speech therapy practice in the capital and rented rooms at 146 Harley Street. Logue had no medical qualifications and, initially, little capital but he built up his practice steadily. The fees paid him by wealthier clients enabled him to treat poorer patients without charge. Logue’s association with his most famous client began in October 1925; he was present when the duke of York (later George VI) gave his closing speech as president of the British Empire Exhibition in which he stammered badly throughout. Logue is reported to have said to his son that he was sure that he could ‘very nearly … manage a complete cure’.

The story of Lionel Logue is one of over 200 episodes available from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography’s podcast archive. New episodes are released every second Wednesday.

Image: Lionel Logue crop, Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.