Edward VIII | The king who gave up the throne for the woman he loved
CHANNEL | Radio 4
FIRST BROADCAST | 29 June 1993
DURATION | 27 minutes 05 seconds
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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'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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