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Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

(1894-1972), Reigned 1936

Sitter in 418 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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Edward, Duke of Windsor, by Dorothy Wilding - NPG P870(14)

Edward, Duke of Windsor

by Dorothy Wilding
cream-toned bromide print, 7 February 1955
NPG P870(14)

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by Walery - NPG x197330

Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Walery
carbon print, published December 1894
NPG x197330

King Edward VII and his family, by W. & D. Downey - NPG x129603

King Edward VII and his family

by W. & D. Downey
albumen cabinet card, circa 1895
NPG x129603

Queen Victoria; Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII), by Hughes & Mullins - NPG x193212

Queen Victoria; Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)

by Hughes & Mullins
albumen cabinet card, 1896
NPG x193212

Four Generations' (King George V; Queen Victoria; King Edward VII; Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII)), by Adrian Eugene Lundstrom, for  Chancellor & Son, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x135121

Four Generations' (King George V; Queen Victoria; King Edward VII; Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (King Edward VIII))

by Adrian Eugene Lundstrom, for Chancellor & Son, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1901-1910 (1899)
NPG x135121

Queen Victoria with her grandchildren, by Hughes & Mullins - NPG x6052

Queen Victoria with her grandchildren

by Hughes & Mullins
albumen panel card, 1900
NPG x6052

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