Edward VIII | The king who gave up the throne for the woman he loved
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 29 September 1982
DURATION | 22 minutes 26 seconds
The publication of a new book about the Windsors leads to a passionate discussion. Speaking on behalf of the Duchess of Windsor, Maitre Suzanne Blum, her solicitor, hopes the publication will counter accusations that the Windsors were Nazi sympathisers and reveal the poor treatment they endured during the war years. The book also affirms that the Duke of Windsor wanted to return to the UK and resume a respected royal role, a wish that was never fulfilled. This is the first time his private and personal viewpoint has been made public.
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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