Edward VIII | The king who gave up the throne for the woman he loved
Document Type | Periodical
24 January 1936
On 24 January 1936, 'Radio Times' published a tribute to the late King George V. The special edition also included an article commending the broadcasting abilities and charisma of Edward VIII, the new King, and highlighting the issues on which he has made transmissions so far. One of over 50 broadcasts mentioned is taken from his 'SOS' talks on unemployment, titled 'Voluntary Service and the Unemployed' , which was transmitted in 1934. Another noted broadcast, about his father's Jubilee Trust Fund , was given in 1935. Evidently, the new King considers radio an effective medium with which to get closer to his subjects.
In 1924, at the British Empire Exhibition, Wembley, King George V broadcast for the first time. An estimated 10 million people heard the transmission and many events around the country were suspended so that the public could listen. Edward, as Prince of Wales, took this new form of communication with the public to a new level. As noted in this article, he made some 50 broadcasts as prince. A radio transmission was also to be the way he declared his abdication on 11 December 1936.
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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