Edward VIII | The king who gave up the throne for the woman he loved
CHANNEL | National Programme
RECORDED | 21 January 1936
DURATION | 8 minutes 58 seconds
Sir Gerald Wollaston, the Garter Principal King of Arms, reads the Royal Proclamation announcing the accession to the throne of King Edward VIII. As he stands on the balcony of Friary Court, St James's Palace, we hear the gun salute continue at intervals from St James's Park. The fanfare and the national anthem are performed by the State Trumpeters.
The accession was also proclaimed at Charing Cross, Temple Bar and the Royal Exchange in London, and at other locations across the country. BBC recordings survive of the proclamation being made at the Mercat Cross in Edinburgh, Tynwald Hill at St John's on the Isle of Man and Cathays Park, Cardiff.
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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