King Edward VIII Microphone

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King Edward VIII Microphone

Two matching microphones and a complementary cue-lamp were provided by the BBC for the outgoing King's broadcast to the nation from Windsor Castle on 10 December 1936.

Sir John Reith introduced the broadcast after giving Edward a voice test (he asked him to read some text from the sports pages of a newspaper).

Reith's diaries reveal that during the handover, Edward bumped the table at which he was seated - accounting for an audible thump, which led some listeners to think Reith had left the room and slammed the door

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