Edward VIII | The king who gave up the throne for the woman he loved

What If ? | Edward VIII

What might have happened if King Edward VIII had remained on the throne?

CHANNEL | Radio 4

FIRST BROADCAST | 29 June 1993

DURATION | 27 minutes 05 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1993

Synopsis

Christopher Andrew hosts the discussion in this entirely speculative alternative history programme. He invites historians David Cannadine and Philip Ziegler to imagine the repercussions if King Edward VIII had not been forced to abdicate. Would he have gone on to marry Wallis Simpson or might another woman have taken her place? What kind of queen would Mrs Simpson have made, and what effect could these potential changes have had upon the future of the British monarchy?

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