Edward VIII | The king who gave up the throne for the woman he loved
CHANNEL | Unknown
RECORDED | 23 April 1924
DURATION | 9 minutes 46 seconds
These extracts are from speeches given by Edward, Prince of Wales, and King George V at the opening ceremony of the British Empire Exhibition. As president of the event, Edward, Prince of Wales, asks his father, King George V, to open the proceedings. They acknowledge the hard work that has gone into the exhibition, despite adverse weather, and outline its aims to show the achievements of the Empire and its peoples and to stimulate the economy, which is still recovering from World War I. Roars from the crowd follow as the King finishes his speech and declares the event open. A prayer is then read by the Bishop of London, Dr Arthur Winnington-Ingram.
This was the first broadcast made by King George V, although more were to follow. An estimated 10 million people heard the transmission and many events around the country were suspended so that the public could listen. As it was so high-profile, early royal broadcasting may have altered the image of the monarchy. This was also, possibly, the first electronic recording made in England.
Edward, Prince of Wales, and King George V open the British Empire Exhibition.
A speech at the British Empire Trade Exhibition.
How 'mutual help' might provide a solution to the unemployment problem.
'They must never be forgotten while we are safe and free.'
A rallying call for volunteers.
Announcing the new King.
Announcing the new King at the Royal Exchange, London.
Edward VIII's first message to the Empire as King.
'The decision I have made has been mine - and mine alone.'
The Windsors' first official royal engagement in Britain since the abdication.
Kenneth Harris interviews the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
What kind of monarch might Edward VIII have been?
Lady Monckton discusses her husband's friendship with King Edward VIII.
Recollections of a friend of Edward, Prince of Wales.
Russell Harty interviews Diana Mosley about her biography of the Duchess of Windsor.
John Tusa opens up the Windsors debate.
How King Edward VIII's affair was made public.
What might have happened if King Edward VIII had remained on the throne?
The 'Radio Times' praises the new King's broadcasting abilities.
An eyewitness account of the King's abdication.
The pressing need to inform the Empire about the crisis.
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