Edward VIII | The king who gave up the throne for the woman he loved
CHANNEL | National Programme
RECORDED | circa March 1936
DURATION | 10 minutes 20 seconds
Edward VIII speaks to the Empire for the first time as the new King, paying tribute to his late father, King George V. This was the first occasion on which a monarch had used radio to address the Empire on their accession. The chimes of Big Ben, an introduction by Sir John Reith and the national anthem mark the start of the King's message.
This speech was broadcast on the BBC's main National radio channel, but also on all regional and international services.
The above photograph, taken in June 1922, shows King George V standing on the steps of Buckingham Palace with his son Prince Edward, the future King Edward VIII.
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A speech at the British Empire Trade Exhibition.
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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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