Edward VIII | The king who gave up the throne for the woman he loved
CHANNEL | Unknown
RECORDED | circa January 1934
DURATION | 14 minutes 38 seconds
Edward, Prince of Wales, delivers a talk via BBC radio on the subject of the Voluntary Service, which was set up after the economic crisis of the early 1930's. Though the situation remains serious, he praises those who have volunteered to help others. He also commends the spirit of the unemployed, who face intolerable circumstances but often demonstrate an ability to make the most of their situation. The challenge remains to find the best use for people's talents, but the prince has a few suggestions for future schemes that might benefit those who are out of work and their families.
Edward's broadcast about the Voluntary Service and the unemployed is recognised, among others, in a Radio Times article marking his accession to the throne.
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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