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King Edward VIII

Facts about King Edward VIII

King Edward VIII Biography Summary: King Edward VIII (1894 - 1972) was famous for abdicating because he wanted to marry a divorced woman.

As the eldest son of King George V and Queen Mary, Edward began his training to succeed to the throne from birth.

Unfortunately, as an adult, his romantic liaisons were not appropriate and the circles he moved in were not the ones that would lead him to make the acceptable choice for a wife.

When he decided to marry Wallis Simpson, married and already once divorced American women, who would not be an acceptable choice as a wife for the King of England, Edward VIII chose to abdicate.

King Edward VIII Fact Sheet: Who was Edward VIII? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of King Edward VIII.

King Edward VIII Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1894 - 1972 *** Full Name: Edward Albert Christian George Patrick David *** Occupation: King of England and the Dominions of the British Empire, Emperor of India *** Date of Birth: Edward VIII was born on June 23rd 1894 *** Place of Birth: Edward VIII was born in White Lodge, Richmond, Surrey, England *** Family background: His father was George V, King of England and his mother was Mary, Princess of Teck in the Kingdom of Württemberg although she was actually born and raised in England *** Early life and childhood: He grew up with his siblings and pretty much raised by nannies as was common practice for the time *** Education: Edward VIII was initially tutored from home, he was taught French and German. He took the examination for Osborne Naval College followed by the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth. Later he attended Magdalen College in Oxford ***

King Edward VIII Fact 1: Edward VIII was born on June 23rd 1894 and during the late century period in history when great strides were made in the industrial revolution, the Victoria era was coming to a close and there were vast technological advances being made.

King Edward VIII Fact 2: On his sixteenth birthday he was created Prince of Wales and had automatically become Duke of Rothesay and Duke of Cornwall when his father became King.

King Edward VIII Fact 3: In 1914 as World War I began he was the minimum age one had to be to join the armed forces and he wanted to fight. Keen to get to the front line, he had joined the Grenadier Guards but Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War forbid him, explaining that it would be highly inappropriate for the next in line to the throne to be at risk of capture or death.

King Edward VIII Fact 4: Despite not being able to actively participate in the war he did however managed to visit those brave men that fought on the front line and for that he would endear himself to the soldiers.

King Edward VIII Fact 5: All through the 1920’s he frequently represented his father on state visits abroad as well as those at home.

King Edward VIII Fact 6: His romantic dalliances would have the government in quite a turmoil during the 1920’s and 1930’s.

King Edward VIII Fact 7: He had a love affair with a Parisian called Marguerite Alibert. When he ended the relationship she kept letters of a rather indiscreet nature. Several years later she would find herself charged with the murder of her husband in the Savoy Hotel in London by shooting him. She would be acquitted.

King Edward VIII Fact 8: He then proceeded to have an affair with an English woman who was married. His choice of companion was often the wrong choice and caused a lot of worry and heartache for various parties not least his parents.

King Edward VIII Fact 9: His father, unhappy with his decisions and reluctance to settle down remarked “After I am dead, the boy will ruin himself in 12 months.” And was also alleged to have commented “I pray to God that me eldest son Edward will never marry and have children, and that nothing will come between Bertie and Lilibet and the throne.”.

King Edward VIII Fact 10: It would be during one of his notorious relationships with an American married women that he would be given the fateful introduction to Wallis Simpson, already once divorced and currently married to her second husband at that time.

King Edward VIII Fact 11: When his relationship became acknowledged with Wallis Simpson, his relationship with his father further deteriorated and began to cause enormous problems for the government as well especially when it became apparent how much control she wielded over the Prince.

King Edward VIII Fact 12: His father King George V died on January 20th 1936 and he ascended the throne, King Edward VIII.

King Edward VIII Fact 13: It became increasingly clear that Edward was planning to marry Simpson, especially when she had instigated divorce proceedings.

King Edward VIII Fact 14: Several contingencies were being put into place with regard to Edward’s coronation including a secular coronation ceremony in the Banqueting House in Whitehall.

King Edward VIII Fact 15: By November Edward spoke to Stanley Baldwin the Prime Minister and advised him of his desire to marry Simpson. Baldwin, in turn, explained that the English people would not tolerate Simpson as Queen, on the grounds of her divorced status and that as head of the Church of England, Edward was held to a higher standing of morality and that he was expected to follow the teachings of the Church.

King Edward VIII Fact 16: When Edward told Baldwin that if he was not allowed to marry Simpson he would give up the throne. He was then given three choices by Baldwin, relinquish any ideas of marriage, marry against the wishes of his ministers or abdicate.

King Edward VIII Fact 17: Edward began to make the necessary preparations for abdication on December 10th 1936 with his younger brothers present, Prince Albert, who would become King, Prince Henry and Prince George.

King Edward VIII Fact 18: The following day, his last act as King of England was the royal assent to His Majesty’s Declaration of Abdication Act 1936. It was necessary for all Dominions to consent and they did.

King Edward VIII Fact 19: The following day he made the now famous broadcast as a Prince once more “I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love.” He left the shores of the United Kingdom the following day

King Edward VIII Fact 20: Edward Albert Christian George Patrick David, the Duke of Windsor, died on May 28th 1972 at his home in Paris aged seventy eight years. His body would be returned to Britain and in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth I’s, his widow the Duchess of Windsor and the Royal Family his funeral was conducted at St George’s Chapel and his body laid to rest in the Royal Burial Ground behind the Royal Mausoleum of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert at Frogmore

Influence & Legacy: His legacy could viewed as one along the lines of romanticism but in truth there were many factors governing his decision to abdicate, between country and religion his choice was actually quite simple, it was the woman or his crown.

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