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Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

(1894-1972), Reigned 1936

Sitter in 404 portraits
Eldest son of George V and Queen Mary; reigned January-December 1936. Edward was commissioned in the Guards during the First War in 1914, but his request to fight was refused owing to the potential dangers. Although a non-combatant he spent most of the war abroad, visiting troops. The easy manner he acquired with all kinds of people stood him in good stead for the roving ambassadorial trips, his concern for the unemployed at home and his travels throughout the empire made him popular. His abdication followed insoluble constitutional problems raised by his proposed marriage to the American divorcée, Wallis Simpson. They married in June 1937 and lived abroad, mainly in France.

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Christening group, by Percy Lewis Pocock, for  W. & D. Downey - NPG P1700(8a)

Christening group

by Percy Lewis Pocock, for W. & D. Downey
albumen print, 16 July 1894
NPG P1700(8a)

Royal Group including King George V and four of his children, by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG P500

Royal Group including King George V and four of his children

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
glossy purple brown-toned bromide print on green mount, 9 November 1902
NPG P500

The Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, 1913, by Sir John Lavery - NPG 1745

The Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, 1913

by Sir John Lavery
oil on canvas, 1913
On display in Room 22 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1745

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by Reginald Grenville Eves - NPG 4138

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Reginald Grenville Eves
oil over photograph laid on board, circa 1920
NPG 4138

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders) - NPG P503

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
vintage cream-toned bromide print, 1925
NPG P503

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by Leonard Jennings - NPG 6138a

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Leonard Jennings
plaster cast of statuette, 1930s
NPG 6138a

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by Bertram Park - NPG P140(2)

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Bertram Park
bromide print, 26 June 1931
NPG P140(2)

The four sons of King George, by Bertram Park - NPG P140(3)

The four sons of King George

by Bertram Park
bromide print, 26 June 1931
NPG P140(3)

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders) - NPG P136

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Hugh Cecil (Hugh Cecil Saunders)
sepia bromide print, 1936
NPG P136

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