Edward VIII | The king who gave up the throne for the woman he loved
Document Type | Journal
This diary extract reveals a view of King Edward VIII's abdication, as recorded at the time by BBC Director General Sir John Reith. It begins with Reith receiving a copy of the King's Instrument of Abdication in person from Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin. Reith goes on to describe the subsequent parliamentary procedures and his own involvement in the King's abdication broadcast from Windsor Castle on that infamous day, 11 December 1936. In addition to Baldwin, Reith makes reference to other individuals caught up in the crisis.
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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