Edward VIII | The king who gave up the throne for the woman he loved
In January 1936, King George V died and his son Edward, Prince of Wales, became King. Just 11 months later, before his Coronation had even taken place, Edward renounced the throne due to his relationship with Wallis Simpson.
In this collection, we hear broadcasts that Edward made as Prince of Wales and during his brief reign. Friends of the prince join historians to share their insights into the uncrowned King and discuss how the abdication changed the course of the British monarchy. We also hear from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor themselves as they reflect on their lives and that momentous decision.
Edward, Prince of Wales, and King George V open the British Empire Exhibition.
A speech at the British Empire Trade Exhibition.
'They must never be forgotten while we are safe and free.'
A rallying call for volunteers.
Announcing the new King at the Royal Exchange, London.
Edward VIII's first message to the Empire as King.
The Windsors' first official royal engagement in Britain since the abdication.
Kenneth Harris interviews the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
Lady Monckton discusses her husband's friendship with King Edward VIII.
Recollections of a friend of Edward, Prince of Wales.
How King Edward VIII's affair was made public.
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